Damien Hirst, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. You’ve been replaced. And by analog devices nonetheless! Thanks to the help of graphic designer Echo Yang, tin chicken toys are experimenting in watercolors, wind-up alarm clocks are doing pen drawings and the totally awesomely radical object known as a Walkman is getting angsty with a lead pencil.
Miss Yang’s project is called Autonomous Machines, and it breathes new life into obsolete devices by turning them into little art machines. Attach a pen to a gear in a wind-up clock and you get this…
And not only are hand mixers whipping up colorful fluffy frosting, but if you hand them some watercolors, look what they spit out. (Sidebar: Are hand mixers actually obsolete? Show us the app that will whip our cream… that’s what we thought.)
But like seriously, some of the stuff is pretty fun and impressive. And you know how we love a good repurposing project, so obviously we’re kind of obsessed with this Walkman hack.
The point of the entire project is to reveal the internal algorithms of these ancient artifacts, but really, we just like the idea behind it and the outcome.
And, you guys, look how freaking talented an electric shaver is when you give it some calligraphy ink!
Okay, okay, before we start getting an influx of letters to the editor, let us explain something: We don’t actually think these mechanical artists are going to replace the greats, but it is kind of fun to see what they can produce. Hi, vacuum cleaner. You made a calligraphy-ink mess all over the place.
Probably our favorite metal artist of all (even though the Walkman is first in our hearts) is the gyrating tin toy chicken. She makes quite the impression with a tool used to clear ears.
To get the full effect. Roll the vid.
What do you guys think? Are you all about this art? Let us know in the comments below!