The Machine
The Machine

The machine is an adaptation of the harmonograph, a 19th century device that translates the harmonic motion of two or more pendulums into the rhythmic movement of a single point, or in this case, the tip of a pen.

Concept
Concept

The goal of the project was to apply the concept of evolution into a user driven machine. The machine can only create a harmonic drawing if the pendulums swing in harmony. This forces the users to work together and adapt to the rules of the machine.

Drawing Surface
Drawing Surface

The shapes produced by the machine are called Lissajous Curves, named after the French mathematician who studied the mechanics of the harmonograph during the 19th century.

Bench
Bench

Custom wood bench designed to fit around the structure of the harmonograph and allow the users to sit facing one another 

Cooperative Harmony
Cooperative Harmony

This series of drawings shows the process of two users learning to work together. With trial and error, the quality of their cooperative drawings improves, and the game of evolution succeeds.

Lissajous Curve 1
Lissajous Curve 1
Lissajous Curve 2
Lissajous Curve 2

(My personal favorite)

Lissajous Curve 3
Lissajous Curve 3
Lissajous Curve 4
Lissajous Curve 4

This curve is the result of the users struggling to balance the pendulums 

The Machine
Concept
Drawing Surface
Bench
Cooperative Harmony
Lissajous Curve 1
Lissajous Curve 2
Lissajous Curve 3
Lissajous Curve 4
The Machine

The machine is an adaptation of the harmonograph, a 19th century device that translates the harmonic motion of two or more pendulums into the rhythmic movement of a single point, or in this case, the tip of a pen.

Concept

The goal of the project was to apply the concept of evolution into a user driven machine. The machine can only create a harmonic drawing if the pendulums swing in harmony. This forces the users to work together and adapt to the rules of the machine.

Drawing Surface

The shapes produced by the machine are called Lissajous Curves, named after the French mathematician who studied the mechanics of the harmonograph during the 19th century.

Bench

Custom wood bench designed to fit around the structure of the harmonograph and allow the users to sit facing one another 

Cooperative Harmony

This series of drawings shows the process of two users learning to work together. With trial and error, the quality of their cooperative drawings improves, and the game of evolution succeeds.

Lissajous Curve 1
Lissajous Curve 2

(My personal favorite)

Lissajous Curve 3
Lissajous Curve 4

This curve is the result of the users struggling to balance the pendulums 

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