ADM is my thesis project — it stands for Abstract Drawing Machine. It is currently under revision after showing V1.0 at the ITP Winter Show in 2022. At that stage, it was a working prototype that I did for both thesis class as well as another class I took last semester called Seeing Machines. The fabrication consisted of a large drawing clipboard that had two stepper motors mounted to it, one on each top corner, and on the stepper motors there were timing belt wheels and a timing belt set up in a pulley system with a pen carriage dangling in between.
For V1.0, ADM can be controlled with up, down, left, and right arrows on a keyboard using a Processing GUI and Arduino programs communicating with each other over serial, as well as using a webcam for object tracking from OpenFrameworks, but still just up, down, left, and right. ADM can also scribble in ‘random’ mode.
Nearing the Winter Show, I worked on programming it to draw a circle — in which I was successful!
As of now, I am redesigning the fabrication — I plan to scale up so that it can be assembled and disassembled easily and set up against any vertical surface. I am also going to redesign the pen carriage, keeping it modular as well as adding a small motor to be able to lift the drawing utensil from the surface. Throughout this Spring semester, I am going to narrow down the interaction part of this installation, as well as experimenting with different drawing algorithms and continuing to build out an Arduino library.
www.who-is-adm.com –> this is hosted on my server from Understanding Networks, how exciting!
A link to the Google sheet with resources, supply list, and current schedule.
A link to my presentation slides.
A link to my research paper.
Updates / Media:
Some creations from the ITP Winter Show!!!
[Forgot to take pictures of some before I gave them out … oops]
CIRCLES !!!!!!! ARCS !!!!! OH MY !!!!!!!!!
Worked on the version 2.0 for the pen carriage so I had something nicer for the Winter Show, and to get an idea of the direction I need to take it in — it is the first version I actually designed instead of drilling a hole into a random scrap of wood. It is built out of two wooden pieces that are attached by brass rods, with a ‘cartridge’ that attaches in between using magnets. Each cartridge can hold a different drawing utensil.
Some more random tests. I just enjoy how these turn out.
More scribbles, but with color!
Did some tests with randomness. Basically, ADM spazzes out. Ran this for roughly 45 minutes total I think.