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Hacked Pinball Machine Creates Random Printed Artworks [Pics]

Artist modifies the popular tabletop game to create chaotic patterns.

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on December 3, 2012. @yiiee

Artist Sam van Doorn created the STYN, which is essentially a pinball machine modified to become an unpredictable design tool. A large grid sheet is placed under the flippers and the balls are covered in ink used for lithography printing. As the user continues playing, the balls leave behind a random path to create a unique, chaotic artwork.

Doorn explained the concept behind his idea:

I realized the printer did exactly what I told it to. What would roll out of the printer would be predictable; every program and machine has it’s own aesthetic, which is easily forgotten when working as a graphic designer. Everything was too predictable, I wanted to be surprised.

When his roommate convinced him to pickup a pinball machine for the home, Doorn was inspired by the contraption as it had the elements he was looking for; “control, chaos and a load of fun.”

View more images of the prints and the pinball machine below.

STYN

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