Self Portrait Machine, by Jen Hui Liao, is part of an exhibition at the Royal College of Art. The machine takes a picture of the subject and then mechanically renders it. The subject’s hands are “cuffed” to the machine (as pictured below) and then robotically guided across the paper. I like the retro-Cyborg aspect of this piece. You can see a video of the process here. (Via We Make Money Not Art).

Self-Portrait Machine


And then there’s the Human Printer. From the website:

“The Human Printer creates unique, individual images each time it prints. Following the same process as a digital printer, the humanprinter generates the printed product by hand. Throughout the printing process the humanprinter assumes the role of the machine and is therefore controlled and restricted by the process of using CMYK halftones created on the computer.”


The Human Printer

Human Printers at Work

Email these folks with your jpegs, and they’ll output black and white or color images for you, and post them on their blog. (Via The Daily What).

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.