The mandala created by "Desert Mandala Machine" is vulnerable to the touch, the wind, and vibrations--just like those painstakingly created in many colors by Tibetan monks--but otherwise, the two differ. In this case, the form can be endlessly re-created with a simple procedure; the careful work is done just once, in the design and building of the apparatus. DMM is essentially a giant relief printer. The design can even be switched out for a new one.
The specific patterns in this video were inspired by Girih tiles, the basis of many tiling patterns in Islamic architecture.
DMM will be on display Oct. 1 through 31, 2014 at the Kathrin Cawein Gallery at Pacific University in Oregon as a part of a group show called "Anthropometry." I will be demonstrating how it works and talking about all my pieces in the show on Oct. 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM.
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