MEDA102 – Analogue Coding


^My original idea that I based my instructions around^


My Instructions:

  • Read the entire instruction before executing
  • Blue and pink highlighters can be substituted by markers of any colour
  1. Using a pencil, trace a line around our hand that stops & starts at the wrist. Afterwards, connect the start and stop points with a line.
  2. Cut out the trace of your hand.
  3. Cut the hand in two. The cut should be one straight line.
  4. Take the halve that has the most fingers and place it on an A3 piece of paper.
  5. Tape down the hand. The tape should be on the edge with the cut.
  6. Using a led pencil & a ruler, draw a line that follows the edge of the cut in the hand, that crosses the whole page
  7. Alternating blue and pink highlighters, draw irregular lines(without using a ruler) perpendicular to each other. Go until that entire side of the page is full.
    • It should be the side with the hand.
    • Holding the highlighter horizontally will help with drawing over the hand.
  8. Remove the hand and tape
  9. Erase the line from step 6


Three successful results:



In my instructions I was trying to recreate Sol LeWitt’s wall drawing 797‘s generation of layers and movement from repetition.

Originally I wanted the layers of lines surrounding the hand, rippling like some psychedelic album art,¬†¬†however it proved too difficult to express the appropriate width between the lines, and the task of filling the entire A3 sheet would take far too long. I figured that by cutting the hand in two I could halve the workload, and add more aesthetic, while adding another way to vary the interpretation of the instructions: I hoped the location of the cut would vary between attempts. I ran into a problem with this, where there was a chance that the person attempting would use a part of the hand that wouldn’t be recognisable, so I added the “half with the most fingers” instruction.

Instructions I used like irregular and perpendicular were used to structure the direction and movement of the lines, but I actually found that people reading the instructions slightly wrong, gave a nicer interpretation. e.g. The in the first result above, they followed the instructions exactly how I intended, but gave a result that wasn’t the most appealing.