Shillerplatz, Vienna AT
Otomatic was a four-day drawing – self-publishing workshop. By-passers could draw in a short time and spontaneous manner whatever came to their mind, the drawings were then printed with an analog stencil duplicator.
The Otomatic drawing workshop references the Surrealists, but focuses on spontaneity, playfulness, and the freedom it confers. We aimed to exploit the idea of reaching out to the subconscious and trying to repress control and rationality while drawing. In the first two days of the workshop people had the possibility to draw spontaneously, then the drawings were duplicated with two gestetner duplicators (300 and 330 models) on site. In this way we created a pool of drawings that people could chose from to edit their own individual sketchbook. Through the sketchbook, the individual, creative act of drawing was embedded in a collective artwork. Furthermore, people could be part of the whole production process, make their own editorial choices and create their own sketchbook which was made possible by a collective creative expression. The workshop took place at Schillerplatz in front of the Academy of fine arts Vienna. A total of 156 drawings on 2.730 double-sided A5 pages were printed.