A Machine that Makes Art

Jack Tait, Turntable light drawing 14, 2011. Taitograph, dimensions variable. Copyright the artist, reproduced with permission.
The inspiration for this month’s BCS column comes from the great conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s statement, “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art” (1967).  Although LeWitt’s ‘machine’ was metaphorical rather than literal, nevertheless this radical concept raised questions about the notion of art process and creative behaviour and challenged the notion of what art was or could be.  This month we explore the history of the use of analogue mechanical systems and machines in art through the work of Jack Tait, seen above.  Read the full article here:  http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/43260
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