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Recently, a Rectangle; Drawn With a Worn Pen
Method G involves deploying a lattice to represent the space of the drawing. At each lattice point, six bits are stored. These bits are translated into parameters that define a single pen stroke in the drawing. On the algorithmic temporal axis, time zero, the initial state, is composed. Then, in discrete steps forward in time, the bits shift each of six directions based on simple rules designed to simulate fluid diffusion. Series 001 uses a 450-unit wide by 200-unit high triangular lattice. These bits will be summed to compute the length of each vertical stroke on paper. The initial state is composed as a rectangle. The system will eventually will move towards homogeneity, but after only a few dozen steps the initial state, a rectangular area with all “on” values, has been merely degraded. Series G.001 is drawn by mapping the computational lattice onto the paper. Run 036 is drawn with a worn (to the extent of near failure) pen to allow overlapping lines to register.