Echo Yang gives a group of forgotten objects an art career of their own.

No longer content to hop around in circles or spin around in cake batter all day, a group of mechanical toys and small appliances are beginning a second career as painters, using their repetitive motions to make intricate patterns on paper. The Autonomous Machines Project, the brainchild of freelance graphic designer and 2013 MA Information Design graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven Echo Yang, is meant as an answer to modern generative design processes, wherein computers create endless variations on a theme without human input. Instead of the complex mathematical programming involved in these processes, Yang’s creatures click, hop and spin, each showing the trace of their motion in paint, ink and various other materials.

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