Imaginary Circuits

Imaginary Circuit


Fanciful art engineering, imaginary circuits.
This is a retrospective of these theories and how they were put into practice.
First, I would like to boldly summarize this in the following manner:


The word "Zen" has a certain dreamy aura about it.
To be honest, I don't actually know the exact meaning of the word, but it is just such misunderstandings that are the essence of the art that will unfold here.

lines had the jaggies
lines seem to be fine
obscuring device

Finding the gaps

In 1979, when I was a high school student, I was engrossed in making computer graphics using a Commodore PET2001. Since the screen resolution on computers at the time was an unbelievably low 80 x 50 pixels, straight lines all had "the jaggies." (above)

I discovered a way to dramatically improve this situation by means of a special device. This is the result (middle). The text was completely illegible, but straight lines seem to be perfectly fine.

This device was made by creating a window-like hole on a wooden panel and stretching a translucent sheet over the opening, and looking at the monitor screen as if it were behind a window with frosted glass. (bottom)

In other words, by obscuring the image, I was able to verify this with a similarly jaggies-affected image by looking at it with partially closed eyes. What is strange here is that this "obscuring" can apparently restore the impression of some visual information by means of a process of disrupting that information. Even if one should measure images observed through this filter by means of some instrument, the information indicating straight lines does not increase. If straight lines appear neater by such a process, it's probably because the image of a straight line is easy to project in your head. At first glance, the process of "looking at something" seems to be a passive act, but this exploration begins at the point where one is out to find information for oneself.

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