Your Line or Mine

Designer | Artist Moniker
Year 2014

Created by Moniker and commissioned by Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, ‘Your Line or Mine’ is an interactive installation in the Stedelijk Museum comprised of three continually changing crowd sourced animations drawn entirely by the museum’s visitors. Visitors are invited to take part by contributing with their own drawings. They grab a sheet of paper from the coloured stack, draw following the instructions on the paper, and scan their drawing. Once scanned, their drawing automatically becomes a frame in one of the animations projected in the space.

The team at Moniker first developed the skeleton animations and split them up into frames to print on sheets of A4 paper. Each piece of paper has a number of dots and an instruction on how to connect them. Some are easy, some are complex. Some instructions leave almost no space for interpretation, some leave it completely up to the user. In a way the instructions act as a programming language and the visitors as Graphical Processing Units. Moniker have been developing this rule based approach through the workshops we have been doing under their Conditional Design manifesto.

In our participative projects, we are interested in collaborating with our users. We try to create a setting which makes people want to follow our instructions but also allows for a bit of anarchy. It might be sacrilegious to say, but we are not really looking for individual creativity. We treat our participative projects a little like a choir: it is about what the group does together. We prepare the score, the installation acts as the conductor and we only find out how the group does when we go live. Each of the drawings has its own voice and influences the whole for 1/12th of a second. In the end, it is up to the visitor to draw our line or their own.