Taitographs: Drawings made by Machines

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Jack Tait: Taitographs: Drawings made by Machines. In: Bridges 2006. Pages 403–410



If a machine is instructed to make drawings and the results are viewed in the same way that a person’s drawings are read, then speculation about the nature of creativity and art is not only possible but desirable. The decision making process becomes transparent because the maths, mechanics and after treatment are available for scrutiny, unlike the partially subconscious aspects of a person’s drawing activity. It is proposed that the ideal way to meet the ‘Bridges’ aspirations is to follow Harold Cohen’s exhortation that the most important task at the end of the 20th C (and beginning of the 21st) is to study how art works. My machines are electro-mechanical devices; from simple instructions they produce rich and complex images. Questions raised by machine drawings will be examined below.

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Used References

[1] Royal Academy of Arts London Bauhaus - German Exhibition - Catalogue 1968

[2] Tate Gallery - Tinguley Exhibition catalogue - 1982

[3] Malina F - Kinetic Art Theory and Practice - Dover Publications New York 1973

[4] David Hurn/Bill Jay ‘On being a photographer’- 3rd ed.- Lenswork USA 2001

[5] Tate Gallery - Harold Cohen - 1983

[6] Stoichita V I - Mondrian - Meridiane Publishing House Bucharest 1979

[7] Tate Gallery - The Moderns and their World - Phoenix House London 1957

[8] Tate Gallery - Kenneth Martin -1975

[9] Sebastian Lera - Synopses of some recent studies of design process and behaviour- RCA 1983.

[10] Gombrich E H - Art and Illusion - Phaidon Press - London 1977

[11] Alan Turing - Computing machinery and intelligence - Mind 1950

[12] Jack Tait - Beyond Photography - Focal Press - 1977

Other publications which have had a general bearing on the above are:

- Koestler A: The Act of Creation. Hutchinson+Co 1964

- Collingwood R G - The Principles of Art - OUP 1979.


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