“A wave rolls on the surface of the sea, affecting the equilibrium of a floating pendulum causing it to swing. With a pen at its extremity, the pendulum leaves traces of ink on the page below, expressing the rhythm and course of the waves: a translation of the sea.”

Traces proposes an analogue physical device holding a pen that will transcribe physical forces such as waves or wind, translating them into drawings. 

Each drawing is made over a period of two hours enabling the emergence of graphical patterns that provide a two-dimensional representation of the physical phenomenon. The experiment essentially gives rise to consistent maps of movements or time lapses in nature.Every iteration of the experiment produces a new drawing: their series might share graphic characteristics or patterns as well as calligraphic qualities, but every page is a unique outcome, acknowledging the singularity of every moment in nature.

Traces – delineating Incidents is an exhibition that concluded a collaboration between the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc 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 and Alejandro Rondón

With: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Students: Pedro Levit Arroyo Ventura, Dirk van Wassenaer, Tobias Deeg, Peter Geelmuyden Magnus , Martin Hristov, Vishnu Jadia, Khushboo Jain, Hong Jeng Rung, Sidharth Kumar, Utsav Mathur, Jean Sebastian Munera, Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran, Lina Salamanca, Naitik Shah , Goutham Santhanam, Ekaterina Simakova

Photography: Enric Bolaño

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Cercle Artistic Sant Lluc, Barcelona – 2016