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Drawing A Drawing


In the series “Analog humans Digital Computers, I made a new drawing today that deals with the digital making of drawings. I work with the traditional indian ink and Peterburg water colours, and yet use a scanner to publish the drawings on Internet. Why not go digital all the way?

Well, I must confess I just lake paper, and working with that ink and paint. Also I like it that the indian ink leaces a structure on the paper and that it glances when the lighht shines on it. That vanishes when I scan it and place it on internet. Bits and Bytes are not the same as the analog stuff.

Multimedia in progress

In 2 months I will be doing two workshops for teachers that work at a college. I will sow them the ways to use a 3D pen and also let them think on how to use it with their students. For the occasion I will have access to lots of 3D pens, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

For my art I am testing a few things. This afternoon I made some letters with the 3D pen that have become objects. I placed them on a scanner to make an color-copy of the letters. On that result I put again the original letters and took a digital photo of that on my working table. Next step is to put that image on some places online, like Facebook, IUOMA Network and some ‘pataphiscal platforms, and now also on this www.iuoma.org website.

So from idea to plastic to a color-copy into a digital photo and now going into that digital worlds. Multimedia for sure.

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At the workshops I will probably let the teachers first make a letter of their choice to let them test the 3D pens and to see if they get the idea.  We will collect the letters and will try to make a word of it that guides them into the next assignment. It will be an interactive workshop for sure.

Maybe they should make a cup to to put the letters in:

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‘Pataphysical research

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When you want to know more about ‘Pataphysics, the first thing to do is research. Found a goog book after all the Internet documentations, and started to read. Yes, it is a useless guide if you want it to be. Just discovered a lot of links to what I do right from the start.

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Details of the book:

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Outgoing to Ryosuke Cohen – Japan

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The logo for Pataphysics and IUOMA is now also printed on paper, and the concept goes now arround the world. This envelope goes to Ryosuke Cohen in Japan. He might use it on its brain cell, but you never know which element he uses…… Another envelope goes to Heleen de Vaan in the Netherlands.

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Above a glimpse of the complete envelope. It is going out tomorrow. The last day of the month November. Another year is coming to an end, and the next one comes in rapidly…..

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Mail from Miss Noma – UK

Again mail from Miss Noma in UK. This time the envelope shows another identity, and that ths the name of Arthur Cravan Jr.

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The statement is obvious Arthur Cravan is NOT a mail-artist , but a Post-Artist. And what to expect in the enveloppe. When I opened it I discoverd there were again envelopes in it all addressed to me but with slightly different names:

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Nine to be precise. Also a special number with quite some symbolic to it. I already opened one of the envelopes and discoverd the empty stampsheets for the TAM Rubberstamp Archive seem to have been returned:

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Will open the other envelopes tomorrow. Already documented all the envelopes front-side and backside, since there is a lot of play on them as well with names and rubberstamps. Will see what is hidden inside the envelopes…….