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.

1st Rehearsal

2nd Rehearsal

3rd Rehearsal

Final rehearsal

Saturday daytime

Saturday night performance

Sunday daytime

Sunday artist talk

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raffle: https://objkt.com/asset/KT1FRjrFbRbAcJYuXiwJxmQC5sYpHgXbLQ4S/0

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