OTTO, Jürg Lehni, 2014
Brushless DC motors, chalk tool head, sprung steel reels, cables, custom made controller, Paper.js software
Based on VIKTOR (vimeo.com/16379803), and developed further as part of a commission by the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco to create a permanent installation at their space «The Interval»: http://longnow.org
The video show one of seven drawings from the series:
Footnotes from the History of Two Cultures
Jürg Lehni & Wilm Thoben, 2015
«Short Cuts», Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt, Biel
Throughout the course of the exhibition, OTTO was drawing a selection of artifacts from the rich history of people working at the intersection of art, design and technology: Work notes, diagrams, sketches and research.
Drawing by Mitsuo Katsui
Text by Karl Gerstner
Originally published in:
think program – synopsis of the exhibition «designing programs / programming designs», MOMA, 1973
The book «Designing Programs» by Karl Gerstner is a central work in the field of computational and algorithmic design. It was published in 1963 and has let to an an exhibition at the MoMA in New York, directed by Emilio Ambasz. In Gerstnerʼs words the book «deals with a specific method of approaching creative design, namely, systematically creeping up on a task rather than hoping for inspiration from the higher regions. The key word is programming.»
In the book, Gerstner proposes a design methodology based on the idea of establishing systems and rulesets through which to create the work, as a model for design in the early days of the computer era.
This specific piece by Japanese artist and designer Mitsuo Katsui, featured in «think program» and accompanied by a short text on page 62 of the publication, is an inquiry into the formal relationship between triangle and circle. Using a computer program, Katsui gradually morphed the shape of a triangle into that of a circle, creating many permutations along the way.