15012016 ‘Signals’ 3rd Session

I’ve continued transferring ‘Signals’ to canvas. Its helping me understand how I’d transfer digitally-made compositions to physical works. Though the design itself is completely spontaneous, the way in which I place the structures has transformed through the digital manipulation of original drawings. The tangibility of a digital process allows for this manipulation and reflects a lot of what we discussed in the seminar yesterday.

This idea can be related back to the way we use personal devices and internet services. Based on your inputs, we can work out a vast array of possibilities to move forward with any given inquiry. An incredibly simple example would be if I were to open a map app and work out how to get from my home to Camberwell, I will be presented with a number of options including walking, driving, cycling and any means of public transport based on live data. My next step will then be to pick one and run the course based on what the app provides. This is a physical issue, with a digital inquiry feeding all the possibilities for a physical output, i.e. me getting to Camberwell. Just like a calculator, and really any computer process. This is a very simple example but when applied to a more complex issue such as the impact of weather systems, or the potential impact of a demolition, these simulations can be life-changing. Software is made to act out these sorts of scenarios and give the user each of the possible outcomes during potential disasters. Simulation softwares have been used in architecture and military design for some time but can simulation be taken a step further? Online advertising nudges us towards products or services we may want based on search engine and social media entries. Using predictive software we could create simulations that act out whether two people will get along…. or whether someone would work well in a particular job… This isn’t that farfetched and is probably well on its way but is it ethical?

Bringing it back down to the everyday… digital processes have allowed us to solve complex problems individually, without moving. Whether this is good or bad isn’t the point, its the fact that its possible. I’ve found that digital process has aided me in finding the drawing style I’ve hoped for, and I’ll never know whether I would have found it if I didn’t use a computer, or how long it would have taken to secure it. (Not that its in any way secure). In essence, I’ve created simulations of physical paintings in the same way I used to use a sketchbook.

Below are the two current working examples of my movement to physical outputs.

The smaller piece has had a very thick layer of varnish over it, which gives it a little more depth and gloss. I wish it could be deeper, perhaps layering it with an inch of clear or frosted resin. I’ve also heard that certain permanent markers can go purple, and eventually disappear over time, so hopefully varnish or resin will preserve the pen a little more.




I felt this print went well. Thought I’d share.


Just to be clear, none of these works are part of my final piece, they’re working towards it. I hope to produce detailed blueprints of my piece by the end of January, along with a rundown of the technical aspects of the work (I’m consulting Ed “Ninja Jamm” Kelly for this as I haven’t made as much headway with my arduino project as I had hoped, though I think the main issue is the Uno boards number of outputs….. Charlieplexing is a nightmare).




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