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Saturday, October 20


The Malthusian Paradox: Drawnomic

Drawnomic is– a reactive drawing machine installed at Nottingham Contemporary to explore human-computer interactions where virtual actions in the digital world can influence and create physical change in the real world.

As part of Nottingham Contemporary's Saturday Big Draw Special. Adam Sporne, Director of Urban Angel, will be installing 2 unique reactive drawing machines he has developed based on a variation of the hanging-pen plotter and a Polargraph. 

The Drawnomic machine is used to explore human-computer interactions, where virtual actions in the digital word can influence and create physical change in the real word. 

Drawnomic is capable of working in two distinct modes of operation: passive and reactive. In passive mode it simply recreates an existing image. 

When in reactive mode Drawnomic can accept instruction and input directly, or indirectly from anywhere in the world via RSS and other data feeds. These instructions and inputs are then combined and interpreted by our unique software, the Drawnomic machine than takes a pen (a physical human tool) and uses it to draw the result. 

The reactive mode translates the design process into a world-wide collaboration by utilising live data streams as a base for pattern generation. Due to the dynamic nature of these live data streams, the system generates patterns with unpredictable visuality. Live news feeds from the Internet are analysed, filtered and converted into a unique visual pattern that is then drawn by the machine. Because of this each drawing is completely unique and a direct result and representation of a specific day or time period. 

This installation coincides with Urban Angel’s ARG ‘ The Malthusian Paradox’. As part of the installation could the Drawnomic machine be interpreting data left by Dr Solomon Baxter delivering secret information that ‘They don’t want you to know!’

See some photos of the Drawnomic machine at work on Flickr.


Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 6:00pm
Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB