Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art

autonomous-1Tiny Toy, Chicken.

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Tin Toy, Chicken. Watercolor & cotton swab.

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Tin Toy, Chicken. Watercolor & cotton swab.

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Tin Toy, Chicken. Fountain pen ink.

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Walkman.

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Walkman. Color pencil.

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Windup Alarm Clock.

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As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a series titled Autonomous Machines where common analog devices like tin windup toys, a Walkman, an alarm clock and other machines were connected to writing and painting instruments. As each machine was set loose on a canvas its specialized motions were translated into brush strokes, paint blobs, and pencil marks resulting in self-generated artworks somewhat reminiscent of spirographs. While conceptual artists have long been recording the actions of machines, plants, wind and other moving objects to generate artwork, Yang’s painting wind-up chicken toy stands out as a superbly executed idea. It would be great to see a whole series of those. You can see many more painting vacuum cleaners, hand mixers and electric razors on her website. (via MOCO LOCO)

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