Electronic Sculpture Archive
Bruce Cannon

This site is an archive of my older interactive,  electronic and computer-controlled sculpture.  You can always find out about my latest projects via my gateway, brucecannon.com.

   

Your Book of Days
project document (1999)

Collage and mixed media on paper; 18x24"

status: available

Note: Your Book of Days (1998) is a  personal Nostrodamus' book.  If you haven't already, visit the sculpture's page for more information about this piece.  

One of a series of drawings which contain both pre- and post-production documentation elements.  Collaged in are scraps from notebooks made during the brainstorming phases of the piece, technical notes developed during production, and sketches made after the piece was finished.

Your Book of Days project document; click for an enlargement

Your Book of Days project document

Your Book of Days project document detail showing a sketch of the piece; click for an enlargement

One intent behind the production of these sketches is to create a durable public record which can be used to repair or rebuild the piece regardless of my presence.

A second goal is to manifest some of the processes involved in the making a time-based technological work, most of which  are invisible, or at best implicit, in the final work.

Your Book of Days project document sketch closeup

I attempt to produce such concept collages for a number of my works.  They document the process of developing a work, showing my earliest napkin notes and sketches, up through the formal structures used to manifest the final system.

I try to include fragments of flowcharting, machine programming code, electrical schematic drawings, and mechanical engineering sketches where available.

I hope that these documents may overcome the inherent weaknesses of electronic means of knowledge archiving, the incessant obsolescence of particular data formats, by using one of the oldest and most standardized storage mediums: indelible ink on archival paper.

Book of Days project document flowchart closeup; click for an enlargement

Your Book of Days flowchart closeup

Your Book of Days project document notes closeup; click for an enlargement

 

 

Your Book of Days concept notes and schematic closeups

 

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