äk-ˈtet. : a piece of music written for eight voices or eight instruments
Octet is an installation by Marcel Schwittlick that features 8 vintage HP plotters.
During the installation's opening hours, Marcel created 60 drawings using the plotter machines while controlling them live via high definition midi controllers and real-time generative software input.
Saturday night performance
Sunday artist talk
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The drawings were created using three main algorithms. The first algorithm uses previously recorded mouse and cursor movements. The second algorithm was a chatgpt-generated line-generation algorithm written in python to simulate organic/human motion. (Essentially, an algorithm to simulate the movement of a cursor traveling over the screen while the computer was being used for other tasks.) The third algorithm was real-time cursor input, where all the machines simultaneously followed the artist's cursor on their respective piece of paper.
Photo and video by Joseph Devitt Tremblay
This project was realized with the kind support of despace Berlin / Petra Podobnik