Conditional Design — Human Processing Unit Workshop #1

Roel & Jonathan are currently doing a workshop at the graphic design department of Yale University School of Art.
Drawing Instructions

During the first couple of days, we want you to develop instructions for an iterative drawing program.

Your material consists of A1 sheets of paper and 4 colored markers.

The program must be executable by 2 to 4 participants.

We would like to encourage you to develop your instructions by executing and revising as you go.

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Trash #1 instructions
1. Crinkle up the paper until it is a ball

2. Unravel and spread out the paper. Tape it to the table.

3. The person with the red marker starts by drawing arbitrary lines along the folds of the paper. Time them for 2 minutes.

4. The person with the blue marker joins in and both the red and blue players draw arbitrary lines along the folds of the paper. Time them for 2 minutes.

5. The person with the green marker joins in and red, blue and green players draw arbitrary lines along the folds of the paper. Time them for 2 minutes.
6. The person with the black marker joins in and all players draw arbitrary lines along the folds of the paper. Time them for 2 minutes.

7. Repeat step 6 until the entire page is almost full.

8. The person with the red marker leaves the board but the rest continue for two minutes.

9. The person with the blue marker leaves the board but the rest continue for two minutes.

10. The person with the green marker leaves and the black marker continues for two minutes.

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Trash #2 instructions
1. Crinkle up the paper until it is a ball

2. Unravel and spread out the paper. Tape it to the table.

3. Start on the farthest left side of the paper and draw a vertical line, from bottom to top, that only follows the folds of the paper.
3. Draws another parallel line, from bottom to top, that only follows the folds of the paper. This line should be as close as possible to the previous line without touching it.

4. Repeat step 4 until you can’t draw any more lines and the page is filled.

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===PARTICIPANT 01===
Please remain in your chair and with the hand you do not write with place it on the paper, palm down and fingers spread. Choose the next participant, Participant 02, for the next transaction.

===PARTICIPANT 02===
With the hand you do not write with place it on the paper, palm down and fingers spread creating a closed connection with the hand of the participant who initiated the transaction*. With your marker and with your other hand, trace (remember: meticulously!) the closed connection formed between both participant’s hands. Participant 01 now may lift his/her hand from the paper and return to his/her seat, while Participant 02’s hand remains exactly where the transaction took place, which is now outlined in marker. Participant 02 now chooses his/her next participant, Participant 03, for his/her next transaction.

===PARTICIPANT 03===
With the hand you do not write with, place it palm down and fingers spread on the paper creating a closed connection with the hand of the participant who initiated the transaction*. With your marker, and with your other hand, trace (remember: meticulously!) the closed connection formed between both participant’s hands. Participant 02 now may lift his/her hand from the paper and return to his/her seat, while Participant 03’s hand remains exactly where the transaction took place, which is now outlined in marker. Participant 03 now chooses his/her next participant, Participant 04, for his/her next transaction.

===PARTICIPANT 04===
With the hand you do not write with, place it palm down and fingers spread on the paper creating a closed connection with the hand of the participant who initiated the transaction*. With your marker, and with your other hand, trace (remember: meticulously!) the closed connection formed between both participant’s hands. Participant 03 now may lift his/her hand from the paper and return to his/her seat, while Participant 04’s hand remains exactly where the transaction took place, which is now outlined. Participant 04 now chooses any of the other three participants to initiate the next transaction.

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Grid Row rules
— In Grid Row, you begin with a blank sheet of paper and form a 10×10 grid as you take turns drawing lines.

— Each player is allowed to draw one line per turn—either vertical or horizontal—that connect two adjacent units in the grid. Its helpful to make dots at the start and end of your lines to make the grid connections more seamless.

— At the beginning of the game, while the dimensions of the grid are still being determined, line widths can vary; however, once a row or column width has been determined lines should be drawn to correspond to the grid as precisely as possible.
— When a line is drawn to complete a rectangle, that player is allowed to take another turn.

— The game is finished when the last line in the 10×10 grid is drawn; the winner is the one who has drawn the most lines.

More experiments and rules can be found on http://conditionaldesign.org/workshops/human-processing-unit-workshop-1/

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