Building Digital Devices From Cardboard
Niklas Roy‘s art always has an air of absurdity about it, he’s a Dada tech-artist whose creations take the functional ideas of technology and run off down the rabbit hole with them—like, for example, his Perpetual Energy Wasting Machine. His latest piece is called Cardboard Plotter and, as you might deduce from its name, it’s a plotter made from cardboard.
A plotter is essentially a printer but a more basic version, where you input some code and it will create a vector graphic of whatever you programmed it to print. It’s just, unlike Roy’s version, they’re not usually made from cardboard, rubber bands, adhesive tape, and super glue. Although slow, the Cardboard Plotter gets the job done as Roy demonstrates in the video above, typing in a few pages of code to program the machine to say “Hello World”.
It’s a much more meditative experience than waiting for something to print from the office printer, which usually involves a paper jam, some kind of technical error, and maybe some violence. The cardboard contraption was the product of a design workshop Roy taught, where students built digital machines from cardboard and explored questions like: “How do computers work on their fundamental levels? What do analog metaphors for Drag & Drop look like?”.
Images: © Niklas Roy
[via Beyond the Beyond]