Drawing Circuits

Screenshot of drawingcircuits.org
Software, Drawings, Electronics / 2013

            Drawing Circuits explores free-hand circuit design as a gesture, aimed to address the hidden labor of electronics, and programming, within the field of media arts.

The project consists of an experimental CAD tool (pictured above), which visually re-contextualizes the rigidity and joylessness of existing tools into a fine art drawing studio. The software is connected to a cutting plotter machine, which is used for fabricating functional electrical circuits from rolls of copper tape in a quick and informal manner.

I used the Drawing Circuits software to create a body of copper prints on paper, that depict personal memories relating to my electronics practice, and the different ways people have related to it.

The prints are individually powered by single AA batteries. Most of them contain functional electronics that relates to the depicted elements in a whimsical, make-believe way.