A rotating arm in the middle of a white page holds a pen on an expandable rod, whose rotatory movement is provoked by an electronic board that controls both the speed of revolution and the distance between the pen and the centre of the device. The pen’s circular trajectory creates thin lines of ink as a deformed circle; over time, as many circles overlap, varying densities of ink appear on the page, showing the possible paths that the anatomy of the machine permits.

Scripts is an experiment in which physical parts compose mechanisms that compels a movement of a pen on a paper canvas. The drawing machines are fuelled by low voltage electricity, and their movements are controlled by electronically induced impulses. This enables them to potentially connect to the outside world, able to receive information numerically, sensed from the city, to convert data into drawings.

Scripts – a chronicle  of incidents is a collaboration between the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and the Casa elizalde in Barcelona. The exhibition featured projects initiated as an investigation at the MAA of the IAAC in fall 2015 by Edouard Cabay and Rodrigo Aguirre.

Team: Edouard Cabay, Rodrigo Aguirre

With: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Students: Valerie Frey, Mehmet Berk Bostanci, Gelder Van Limburg Stirum, Pablo Agustin Vivas, Hsin Li and JengRung Hong, based on original work by Nasser Ghannam, Mohamad Rachid Jalloul, Ceren Yildrim and, Guolang Zhang, Cagan Izgi, Athanasios Zervos, Keesje Avis, Kathleen Bainbridge, Irene Ayala Castro, Yasmina Wery, Krati Gorani

Photography: José Hevia and Xavier González

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Cercle Artistic Sant Lluc, Barcelona – 2017