The Social Drawing Machine taps into the Social Unconscious. Drawings
are made spontaneously, produced by the wheel of people who have
chosen to plug themselves in, constituting the machine. Each is
connected to the word-maker, who writes spontaneously. The timer
ticks, pencils and pens glide and squeak, the bell rings and the
products of the machine are collected. The human cog revolves, the
word-maker is replaced, the process continues. Soon the room is
filled with drawings and writing, through which unconscious connections
and threads may reveal themselves.
The construction and concept of the machine is based partly on Social
Dreaming, in which people share their dreams and make associations
to them, and partly on Japanese renga poetry, in which like 'The
Exquisite Corpse' people take turns in order to produce vivid and
strange material. Leaving aside the individual ego, there is liberation
to explore whatever arises, and express in the moment whatever may
surface. Long live the machine!