ABCDLP 002 – Short Big Drama by George van Dam for Short Big Yellow Drawing Machine by Angela Bulloch, 2012



Twelve years after exhibiting her first Drawing Machine at the gallery, Angela Bulloch presented Short Big Yellow Drawing Machine, the eleventh iteration in the series. The work is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.


The Drawing Machine is activated by sound. In this case, the drawing pattern programmed for the machine creates horizontal lines. The act of drawing is largely predetermined, but deviations are usually caused by shifts in direction, produced by the changing rhythms and volumes of the soundtrack, specifically composed by musician George van Dam.


Entitled Short Big Drama, the composition was played in Bulloch's adjacent installation: Yellow Music Station.