Clickspace seeks to visualize the instantaneous translation moments that take place in a designer’s typical digital workflow.

Clickspace I is a drawing series that explores the moment when we click “print” and translate a virtual image into a computer-plotted drawing. By pulling the paper away from a specially designed plotter at regular intervals to interrupt a drawing process, a “time-lapse” computer drawing is created. The Clickspace I series shows the order in which a computer plotter draws a given input image.

Clickspace II is a series of 3D printed objects that explores the moment when we click “print” and translate a virtual model into a 3D print. In order to be 3D printed, virtual models must first be translated by an algorithm into a series of triangles known as “meshing.” By adding Z height to the triangles in the order in which they are produced by a computer program, it is possible to see the order in which a computer meshes a given 3D model.

Jonah Ross-Marrs is an SMArchS design computation candidate at MIT with a background in history, architecture and electronics design. Ross-Marrs is interested in the intersection between media archaeology and 20th-century experimental art.

He has worked as an architect in Berlin, as an electromechanical prototyper at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as a guest digital archival researcher at Montréal’s Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and as an Artist in Residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9 in San Francisco.

More at the artist’s website: Jonah Marrs

Arts on the Radar
Friday, September 8, 2017 / 7:00–11:00pm
MIT Building E15, Lower Atrium


Designing the Computational Image Exhibit
Through November 12, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University, Miller Gallery


Experiments for a Prepared Plotting Machine
Opening December 1, 2017
MIT, Keller Gallery

Clickspace I at Autodesk Pier 9 Residency Program

Clickspace I on Instructables