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Exploring how a simple line can be individually expressive while also acting as a segment of a communal artifact.
Sparked by the surrealist art game exquisite corpse and the rule based drawings by Sol Lewitt, this project is meant to explore how individuals can make something as minimal as a line while allowing for individual expression. This project uses digital tools to create a primal experience for those inside the installation and the audience outside.
When a line is completed it is joined with the previously drawn lines into a gestalt communal artifact that represents a history of all those who have drawn before. The shrouded environment creates a hyper-personal ritual for drawing a line but creates a collective experience. The mathematical concept behind the project considers properties of a continuous line that grows with user input.
Software: This project uses P5.JS drawing tools to save vertices to Google Firebase. Users draw a line to connect two points on the iPad using their finger. Musical notes are also generated in MIDI from the XY location of the users finger while they are drawing. On completion, their individual line is appended to the community line which spirals around the installation environment while a blinking ellipse tracks through the lines playing the audio notes that were stored. The output resembles a constellation which is further expressed by the physical components.
Physical: The physical installation creates a cave like environment consisting of a 4 ft x 4 ft x 5 ft shrouded structure which has a spiral line projected on the top and sides of the enclosure. The projection material is a white gauze that allows for double sided projections, so both the drawer and passerby’s are able to view the drawing. Inside the structure is a tablet for people to draw a line via touch interface and speakers to play back the notes generated from the drawings. Fake grass covers the floor and there are low platforms for the tablet and control box, encouraging users to sit on the ground and gaze up towards the projections.