The Petroglyphomat – Positive vandalism machine by Lorenz Potthast

Created by Lorenz Potthast at the University of Arts, Bremen, The Petroglyphomat is a mobile, computer operated milling machine, that can send messages to a distant future by engraving them into ancient monuments. The project is designed as a strategical reaction to the technical and financial boundaries which normally limit the possibilities to communicate a message to the future. Lorenz's idea is to use long existing, important places which most likely will also exist for a long time in the future as infrastructure and expand them with a new communication layer. The machine creates snapshots of our increasingly digitalized environment by converting pixel-based, iconographical symbols into modern stone engravings (petroglyphs).

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