A perfect drawing. (Ooh, a phenomenon!) (2011) – Caroline Heider

Caroline Heider

This video shows an installation that consists of a modified record player that automatically draws a circle as its stylus scratches the surface of a printed piece of paper. Ever since Leonardo da Vinci, the circle has been considered a perfect form. For example, Rembrandt’s students had to be able to draw a perfect circle before being accepted into his workshop. In order to call into question the process of artistic creation, Caroline Heider does not use her hands or other part of her body (which itself could be seen as a machine) for her “perfect drawing” but rather has the record player form a circle on a print she has prepared. The pin is attached to a stylus that plays back the sound of the drawing.