Marcel Schwittlick is a Berlin-based artist working across digital and physical mediums. His practice is rooted in algorithmic systems and computational aesthetics, primarily focused on work created with drawing machines (pen plotters). Schwittlick's work often involves a unique process where cursor-lines, recorded over years, are transformed from digital traces into tangible analog artworks by using a variety of processes ranging from algorithmic drawings to generative photography.

Photo by Klodie Zengbé

Schwittlicks works often incorporate generative art, a form of art created using algorithms and computer code. His algorithmic methods and machines generate intricate, geometric patterns that explore the boundaries between chance and intention, control and randomness.

Another area of his practice is plotter art, which involves using vintage plotters to create precise and intricate drawings. He uses the machine's limitations and quirks to his advantage, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and creating unique works highlighting the interplay between machine and artist.

Schwittlick's fascination with plotter art began during his teenage years when he learned about Frieder Nake and Manfred Mohr and started learning Processing, mainly working with lines. Next, he studied computer science and art and media, which helped him build his own algorithmic methods and machines, leading to a DIY plotter.

Schwittlick's approach to using randomness in his work has roots in generative art. He uses different aspects of cursor-lines he has recorded over the years and filters them based on parameters like entropy or travel distance. He wrote the code in Python, and it's capable of rendering on various machines and papers. The lines are different depending on the mouse used and are hand-drawn but digitally sampled, recorded with enough detail on a 4k screen, and then transformed back onto paper.

Schwittlick's plotters are more than just tools for his art, they are an integral part of his creative process. The machines produce unique sounds as they draw, providing a distinctive and enchanting auditory experience that is integral to his work.


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