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Drawing Syntax - A code for a machine, hand and a robot.

On Drawing & Computation

A drawing has been a form of expression that conveys one’s thoughts and records expressions. A mean of communication that does not only showcase but helps to construct an idea and sometimes to communicate a set of instructions for its execution. 

This research line explores drawings generated by following prescribed protocols. A set of operative logics that describe a movement, a stroke or a behavior. In the first part of the research, a series of drawings are recursively generated following a digital code. The latter is then translated for a human hand and a robotic arm as well. The translation of protocols and the limitations of each tool used results in subtle, yet noticeable differences in the resulting strokes, the size of the drawing, the sudden appearance of transient swirls, and the flow direction of the lines. Despite the subtle differences, the three set of drawings, when put together, appear to be of the same family. The controlled unpredictability unifies all drawings and, at the same time, reveals the limits of each tool used.


Free-hand Automation Workshop and Exhibition at Sant Lluc, Barcelona. Photographs by ©EnricBolaño

auto-màtic exhibition at the  Arts Santa Mònica  centre of Barcelona.

auto-màtic exhibition at the Arts Santa Mònica centre of Barcelona.

The exhibition addresses the limits and potentials of generative drawing, emerging from data through mathematical and mechanical operations; raising questions on automation, reproducibility, and the role of the arbitrary or accidents as sources of creative experimentation. Poster courtesy of Edouard Cabay.

The work was developed in the framework of Machinic Protocols, a research line directed by Edouard Cabay, in IAAC's Master in Advanced Architecture.