generative system

Posted by: on May 27, 2011 in

I did my one week assignment again, so it is different from what I had in class.

I cut small squares out of random 6 consecutive pages from a book and made into a cube (1″x1″). Then, I started to use it like a dice to analyze this book.

For each page, I threw the dice, and crossed off the words that appear on the face of dice.

Some of the pages got more words crossed off than the others, and some of them got less.

Surprisingly, many of pages got thirty to forty percent of words crossed off.

Once I get done with every page, I am thinking to reorder the book from pages that had less words crossed off to more words crossed off , which means more unique pages to banal pages.


Vertical Lines

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After going around providence within a certain time limit, I took interesting photos of something vertical on the left. The book was then cut in half so that you can match it with other photos in the book, creating new compositions each time. There is also the option of viewing the entire photo as well, as long as both the top and bottom have the same number of pages flipped.


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With no instructions and no defined path the mind tends to take over. During this project we were not given any true instructions. I was able to realize that my own mind was working at creating patters and systems in every attempt at any work I created.

Puzzle within a Puzzle / Philippe

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Falling Vowels

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My Random/Generative system project was done as an experiment. I chose to play in the typeshop, using the vowels (because there was a lot of them) from one of the drawers of Univers. I set these up in a grid, using furniture, but not locking them in a chase. This allowed for the type to move and fall, changing with every run of the press. I originally thought that the letters would just move around, but as I began I discovered that they were falling over as I inked them. So, I decided to run the press as usual, as many times as necessary until each of the letters had fallen over. This resulted in stacks of paper, and when put in order the letters appeared to jump or move around the page. I decided to bind them all into a book so that I could keep them all together, but didn’t go into too much design work for the covers or binding as I wanted the book to feel like the experiment it was.

Chance Operation

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Allison System

Posted by: on May 11, 2011 in

I I put my own film photographs through the process of copying and repeating vertical sections of the photograph to create an overall stuttering effect, suggesting the passing time with a still photo.

System of Choice / Sarah Verity

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my one week system

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I cut out a 1 by 1 inch square right corner of every page in a magazine, and glued them together, corner by corner. (They stayed in the exact order of the magazine). In total, I used up 15 magazines, that ranged from RISD catalogs to magazines like Good House Keeping.

Week 9 Blue Sheet

Posted by: on April 27, 2011 in

* Lecture by Ernesto in auditorium
* Critique of ‘Generating System’ project
* Assign final project

Final project
Systems project of your choice
Define system as you wish: as a finite set of parts that form a whole, or as rules or instructions that generate a result. Or define it as both.

Suitable projects range from the familiar to the obscure. Some examples:
1. A set of postage stamps
2. A set of book cover jackets
3. Wayfinding systems or waylosing systems
4. Process Book
5. Software
6. Short film using system as method
7. Installation/Live Act/Walking Tour
8. Typographic system
9. A system for organizing live information

Your end-of-semester deliverable depends on the project. We can discuss deliverables based on the project next week. For unprinted works, a process book may be your deliverable.

Be sure to take on a project that interests you and for which you can justifiably say is a system. Avoid client projects because outside constraints often affect the direction your project takes. Take risks, stretch your work in these final weeks of your junior year.

Reflective Essay
Instead of a process book, I am asking you to write at least a page of text that will complement the online documentation of your final project.

This text should describe the end forms, communicate concepts both visible and not, and reflect upon the work post-facto. Consider also answering why you chose the system you did, and how your views of systems have evolved through the course.

This piece of writing will be graded. It is due the week after the last day of class. Please associate it to the Category “Reflective Essay” on the class blog.

For next week
Choose a project, research relevant aspects of it, and begin the work. For instance, if you are designing a series of stamps, research shapes and existing stamp designs from the U.S. and worldwide. For all of your projects, find precedents that inspire and give us an idea of what you’re making. Short of designing stamps, bring in images, type samples and the other material that will fuel your design.

We will meet in small groups and have individual meetings. The projects are to be completed by the week after our final class.

Next week’s class
We will meet in our classroom at 11:20am.
The lectures are over.


Week 8 Blue Sheet

Posted by: on April 20, 2011 in

* Lecture on “chance” in auditorium
* In-class activity
* Introduce assignment

The goal of this in-class assignment is to ‘eliminate the subjective viewpoint of the author’ by making work using the following generative system. The system should generate unexpected images.
Take a walk lasting one hour.
1. For the first 15 minutes:
With your lens fully zoomed, point your camera to your left every minute and take a picture. Hold the camera at your waist and do not look through the camera lens. Do not time your pictures exactly to a minute. Do stop the first step at the end of 15 minutes total. You may not end up with 15 pictures.
2. For the next 15 minutes:
Photograph every piece of litter or trash you come across. Do not touch the item (turn it over, etc.). You are all making simple documents of litter.
3. For the next 15 minutes:

Photograph any circle you see.
4. For your return trip of 15 minutes:
Photograph any solid color that you see that has not been printed and is larger than one foot squared.

Back at class, upload all images from steps 1 and 2. Using steps 3 and 4, create an 11×17 poster that combines the circles. Use your color swatch photographs if you like. You do not need to use all of your photographs.

For next week
Invent, script and execute a generative system. A successful system is one that prescribes elements, processes and/or form to produce an unpredictable result. Your system need not be complicated.
Consider the readings and examples when forming your system. Most relevant are themes of chance, indeterminacy, randomness, automation, order and serendipity.
Your end product may take any form. The end product is the result of the system you create. The format and size may or may not be dictated by your system. For example, your system may be one where you crop pages from library books into 6”x9” pages and rebind them. This system predetermines that a book will be made at those dimensions. If your system does not dictate a format, it is up to you to disseminate your findings in a clear and engaging form.

This is a one week project. Spend as much time as possible forming your system. It is essential that you have your system written down and are able to articulate it clearly. Initiate and complete the project by next class.

* To prioritize concept over end form
* To see what unexpected form results from rules, directions or constraints
* To create a finished work in a very short amount of time