Manual_Assembly

Fry, C. 2016. Manual_Assembly .

TitleManual_Assembly
CreatorsFry, C.
Description

Manual_Assembly (2016) is a Generative Artwork written using Processing. When running, it changes random values within the Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) image files of an IKEA instruction manual for a Billy bookcase. This changes the attributes of certain lines, such as their length, curvature, weight, position etc. The SVG is then displayed and in this way a new ‘drawing’ of an IKEA manual page is displayed every 10 seconds, which is approximately how often a Billy bookcase is sold. This work revealed the role of perceptions of ‘technical virtuosity’ and also ‘visual complexity’ on the reception of the work. In this way the work can be seen to exert a form of agency which stems at least in part from the opacity of code. A key finding was that this agency effects not only the audience but also the artist.
In 2016 Manual_Assembly became the first code based artwork to be selected for the Jerwood Drawing prize exhibition.

Date01 Jun 2016
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Image creditC. Fry
Media typeImage
RightsC. Fry
LicenseCC BY-NC 4.0

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