Fallon Creech – Looking Outwards-01

Drawing machine marking dots on canvas

Wellograph, designed by TehranPlatform, targets environmental concerns through performative art. Using a mobile drawing machine, the installation produces a set of square drawings that represent the amount of wells located around disappearing lakes in Iran. The interactions this product incites with its viewers is a relatively simple one; they follow the drawing machine’s movements as it repetitively pinpoints each of these wells on an abstracted map. I appreciate the artists’ gesture in this story-like depiction. The viewer begins their experience by watching the drawing machine mark similar dots on a page before it ultimately composes the final image, in which it finally reveals itself as a map. To complete this process, the artists designed a robot that projects a 2D image onto a canvas along with an ArUco marker that draws the dots on the canvas.

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