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Generative typography

Selfnology is the collection of technology, machines, systems and mechanisms (both analogue or digital), which are capable of generating new forms (also known as authentic marks, which could be seen as a self-portrait of these systems) by reflecting on them self. This is substantiated by giving these systems a human capability; the possibility to reflect on its own mechanism, by reflecting on its own process, which becomes visible through the previous form generating. 

There are two kinds of Selfnology systems; verbal and non-verbal systems. Verbal systems can reflect on their own mechanism by just showing its processed way of functioning, or an aspect of this. Non-verbal systems need an extra tool to make their mechanism, and hereby their process visible. 

The reflection of these systems on their own mechanisms is possible through the working of a processed pattern. Besides the fact these systems can reflect on their own process, they are capable of reflecting on processes of other systems as well. This could lead to a form of chain reaction. 

URL to research and experiments:

Camera (2.1.1) 

The photo camera is generating new forms by reflecting on its own movement (focusing). I attached a pen to a photo camera. I put the photo camera in front of a webcam broadcast. The photo camera focuses on its own mirror image, which leads to a drawing made by the photo camera. 

Selfnology Camera 2.1.1 

Printer (1.1.2)

The printer is generating new forms by reflecting on its own process (previous form). I made a copy with the copying machine without an input. So you get a 

black copy. This copy I copied 100 times. So copy 2 is a copy of copy 1, copy 3 is a copy of copy 2, etc. The results are different for each copying machine (printer upstairs and printer downstairs).

Selfnology 1.1.2 Printer (downstairs)

Selfnology 1.1.2 Printer (upstairs)

Beamer (1.1.1) 

The beamer is generating new forms by reflecting on its own projection. I put a beamer in front of a computer, which is filming the beamer at the same time. The beamer is projecting its own image into the computer camera. With movement in front of the beamer the color on the screen of the computer changes.

Sleep (2.1.4)

My body during my sleep generates form for me by reflecting on its movement. 

After thinking and thinking my whole day through, it was time to go to bed. I wanted my body to generate form for me during my sleep so I attached several markers to my hand and feet and just fell a sleep. The next day my bedsheet was filled with a pattern of ink which I created in my sleep. 

Sleep part two (

Part two I used paint rollers. I also divided my mattress into a grid of 26 forms. Each part would visualize a letter.

Qwerty vs Phontographer advanced (4.1.1) 

Your QWERTY-keyboard as drawingtool. 

The Phontographer keyboard as your drawingtool. Instead of drawing letters in the program you use the letter grid to draw the letters with. 

The Qwertyfont and the Phontographerfont are reflecting on eachother by using the same codes. 

Qwerty vs Phontographer typing 'Selfnology'

Inzooming scanmarks (

The scan of the book gives an authentic mark when you zoom into 500%. Each book has it’s own original pattern. Recognition of these marks. 

Registration scans of the various books and inzooms 

Media: Book
Size: A3
Material: 125gr Hello Silk

Metamachine (5.1.1) 

The meta-reflecting machine is a combination of several systems (verbal and non-verbal). The starting point for the next process is relevant. The machines are not just reflecting on their own process but also on the process of the previous machine. I randomised some systems in which every generated form has to be the starting point for the next system. This led to the following sequence:

1. Camera

2. Printer (upstairs)

3. Beamer

4. Silkscreen

Recognition of the generative forms, which are the outcome of the reflective process on the system its own mechanism. This is a recognition of a recognition. The recognition of the authentic marks, the generative forms. Also seen as the selfportraits of these systems. 

What the Font (6.1.1) 

Recognition authentic marks outcome generative forms selfnology systems. Based on What the font. It also led to new forms in this program. 




Media: Newspaper

Size: A3

Material: Revive 90gr paper

Display Selfnology systems

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