The recent resurgence of plotters is undeniably tied to a yearning for tangible media – and one can't deny that the occasional minute stylus misfire or an idiosyncratic paper grain add a much-needed patina to digital drawings. Considerably expanding on these material concerns is Entropic System, a drawing machine that inscribes ornate geometric patterns into a bed of ‘black beauty’ sand. Made by the Denver-based media artist Laleh Mehran, the apparatus showed as part of the recent “Presence: Reflections on the Middle East” at MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art. Beyond being designed to delineate crisp geometry, the device also has instability built-in to it – it creates a feedback loop wherein observers approaching to inspect the patterns impact its operation.
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