The Right Margin
“Obviously a drawing of a person is not a real person, but a drawing of a line is a real line.” – Sol Lewitt
“The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer.” – Alan Turing
The rounded right margin is a theory that suggests one way to tell a difference between a machine-made mark versus a man-made mark is humans’ inclination to round their letters towards the right margin as an attempt to compensate for the irregularity of their written words and the spaces between them.
The question posed is how do we maintain our singularity, our human presence, in a time when a perfect version of ourselves is more sought after? And what happens when we start seeking to replicate the mark that is left upon us by machines? In a time when a digitized ideal is sought after, and authenticity is trumped by a coded paradigm, what does a man-made mark really stand for?
The Right Margin, Alt Esc - 2016
Katie Pennachio, Andy Ralph, and Joshua Caleb Weibley
Writing by Irina V Makarova
20 pages, black and white risograph printed, soft cover