Phaser

Phaser
2008
120 x 150 x 120 cm
Metal, electric motor, mechanical parts, paper, pen.

'Phaser' is a machine that leaves its trail like some weird kind of printer. Its 'arm' consisting of changeable cogwheels produces neat line drawings of figures that emerge when adding up different circular movements.  

The construction starts with a fixed gear and a second one rotating around it. On the axle of this second gear a third one is fixed, with a forth rotating around it and so on. The difference between the amount of teeth on the gears determine the speed of the pen and the complexity of the prints. If the ratio between the amount of teeth is an easily divisible number, the print will show simple figures. But when the combination of gears becomes more complex, the prints will also be more complicated and interesting.