Precise Papers

Precision is an underlying and omnipresent property of computers and machines. Precise Papers is a tangible representation of an algorithmic and generative exploration, enabling a material experience of the precision of machines.

160 ellipses were cut out of 160 pieces of paper, creating a perfectly precise, growing and moving organic shape when the papers are stacked. The shape was drawn in Processing and cut out with a laser cutter, creating a degree of precision impossible to replicate by manual labour.

Using Processing’s Random and Noise functions adds a sense of ambiguity as the shape of the ellipses varies slightly every time the sketch is run on the computer but at the same time being completely precise in its computation.

The lowest layers of papers are hidden from the viewer’s look, but by flipping through the stack, the smallest shapes are revealed and at the same time the human itself becomes the generator of the shape.