I searched around the internet for some tutorials on how to make animated drawings, and I found a really good series focused on Jit.lcd

Here is my patch: File:drawing_test_oval.maxpat

And here are the four tutorials that taught me how to build the patch:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH6eAg2_2vU

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qI2CZPWr1c&t=315s

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKDP-Yo-Muk

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4jsH6JyHSY&t=15s

30 NOVEMBER 2020

Here are relevant artworks that I feel could be inspiring for this class:

Timo Arnall, Immaterials: Light painting WiFi, 2011 https://vimeo.com/20412632

Katie Paterson, As the World Turns, 2010 http://katiepaterson.org/portfolio/as-the-world-turns/

Taavi Suisalu, Distant Self-Portrait, 2016 https://taavisuisalu.xyz/@/distant-self-portrait/

File:Liz_Screen Recording 2020-11-28 at 16.07.43.mov


Here's a patch-in-progress, now that I was successfully able to get my ultrasonic sensor readings to appear in the Max console. I'm also including a screen recording of the Max print feed, so you can see what's going on – I see that the console is breaking up the lines of data into smaller pieces (which I can imagine is simple enough to fix). For example, in Max/MSP, the word "distance" is broken up between several lines, and so are the numerical figures. Here is an example of how the same data shows up in the Arduino serial plotter. Just a note, I have included the word "distance" to also be printed, just to reduce confusion about values.

15:41:05.887 -> Distance: 68.54

15:41:05.958 -> Distance: 68.54

15:41:06.063 -> Distance: 50.18

15:41:06.171 -> Distance: 50.17

15:41:06.278 -> Distance: 50.98

15:41:06.387 -> Distance: 51.39

15:41:06.459 -> Distance: 51.37

15:41:06.563 -> Distance: 50.93

15:41:06.667 -> Distance: 50.52

15:41:06.769 -> Distance: 50.52

Now that I'm thinking more of the aesthetic exploration, I would be interested to have this data converted into a digital drawing that changes over time, so I suppose that would be a video or animation. I'm particularly interested in how a drawn line in digital space can be infinitely thin (unlike a pencil line, which is defined by the material), and so I could imagine playing with what are known as "space-filling curves" that approach infinity – for example, Peano curves or Hilbert curves. Here's the wikipedia page for an overview of what's behind them: