Once a Rectangle; Drawn With a Slightly 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 002 uses a 450-unit wide by 200-unit high triangular lattice. These bits will be collectively referenced to compute the angle and length of each stroke on paper. The initial state is composed as a rectangle. With 379 time steps occurring before this run, the rectangle is long into the process of dissolution. Because each drawing and each corresponding lattice are closed systems, (the far left is linked to the far right; no state can ever move “off” the drawing) the size and proportion affects rate of rhythmic echoes of the initial state. The “shadow” of the rectangle appears at the lower left, a result of the proliferation of common bit positions that, as of time 380, have flowed without many collusions other states. Eventually, even the most stubborn shapes will completely disperse into a state of pure noise.