Step 1: Parts That Might Be Useful
Step 2: A Few More Items You Might Need.
Step 3: Construction Materials
Step 4: Boxes
You may find it necessary to walk and think, walk and think about what you want your box
to be, and walk and not think before you decided anything about our first box. For example, on
the walks I took, I spent a fair amount of time considering why it was important to gather
information that wasn’t digital. On these preliminary walks I also questioned why I felt it necessary
to respond to my digital fabrication class in the manner I was.
As the boxes began to come together, these questions both faded and were magnified. In a way
it seemed unavoidable to need such a purely analogue method to talk about experience which
could not be quantified through more specific and accurate methods. Once I came to term with
the fact that I was doing the opposite of what I would expect to be doing in a digital fabrication
class I began to also find some answers. I saw this data collecting
as the first part of a two part project. The second part of the project would be taking this data and turning it into forms, which
in their final product would provide an experience of their own. Somehow the data needed to
come from a place as far away as possible from where it would go to be turned into forms.
Step 5: Results
Two of the four boxes featured hand-turned paper which would create a continuous line. The marks are reflective of both the walking as well as interacting with this rudimentary machine. The paper with the blue marks came from the cardboard box, with paper wrapped around two cardboard tubes and a marker held over the paper with a rubber band.
The papers with the black lines came from the plywood box, which featured a bike pump spring, a small travel marker, a nut, a bolt, two washers, and two small dowels.
I should mention that my first intention of the project was to build a phonautograph. Scott's patent is available online at www.firstsounds.org and is something I would highly recommend
looking at. In my research I found the artists Ander Mikalson and Matthew Denniss. They both made intriguing work using the phonautograph, yet looking at their work eventually helped me realized that it wasn't the phonautograph as a whole which I needed to build, rather it was only elements of its process and results which I was after. The main ideas I took
from Scott’s manuscript were these: the recording of energy, the correlation of data as memory,
the potential application for the data in terms of the arts, and his description of the recording as a
kind of “writing.” So while this isn’t directly connected to where I ended up, it was important in