Introduction # Random Device Adventure # Research # Experiment1 # Experiment2 # Experiment3 #
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On the morning walk to COFA a flyer was handed to me randomly on Oxford Street. I took the flyer in hast and pushed it into my bag. This was an unusual occurrence, as normally I would avoid such encounters to minimise the paper collection in my bag. The introductory session to the course raised concepts such as randomness and serendipity, both ending up as stimulating concepts for the afternoon session. While reflecting on these concepts, it occurred to me that my random encounter with the flyer might be a “happy accident” as suggested in Wikipedia’s definition of serendipity. Consequently, the flyer became the motivation behind my random device required for locating valuable material for Experimental Art.
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The flyer contained an address, days of the week, an unknown menu, and a device that looked like a stopwatch that could also double as a compass. Putting all this information together, I decided to use it as a tool for the random device. The only titems missing and required for the exercise included a map (which I collected as another flyer from the Menzie’s Hotel opposite Wynyard on my walk home), and some cardboard, string, acetate and thumbtacks.
I pasted the map of Sydney CBD onto cardboard. Tracing the stopwatch and its diagrammatic content onto acetate from the flyer, I overlaid it onto the map lining up the centre point with the address on the flyer. If I used the stopwatch like a compass, I was also able to align it with North, South, East, West on the map, providing bearings.Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 12.01.45 PM.pngScreen Shot 2014-01-23 at 12.02.21 PM.pngBecause the exercise was to take place on Tuesday, I decided that the Tuesday segment on the stopwatch could be used as the parameters. Also, the postcode was 2010, and on research 2010 include Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Taylor Square, which by coincidence fell into the Tuesday segment.
Placing the centre point of the stopwatch on the address and aligning like a compass, gave me the parameters. But still the area boundary would be too large. So an alphabetical grid commonly used on maps needed to be drawn and a formula applied to narrow the location parameters.
Tomorrow I will go to the café and have an entrée, daily special and a coffee (all of which are mentioned on the flyer). The total price can be converted to time in minutes and seconds, thus providing the distance to be walked. If I then take the first letter of the entrée and the first letter of the daily special, I can then narrow the parameters by ruling lines from the centre point to each of the letters on the grid. The time at which I become aware of the letters will be the ratio used between the two letters to find a point (ie: 1.30 = 1 to 3). I then walk in the direction identified and stop at the point when the designated time runs out.