Tytus Czyżewski (28 December 1880 – May 1945) was a Polish painter, art theoretician, Futurist poet, playwright, member of the Polish Formists, and Colorist. His work "Mechanical Garden" (orig. "Ogród Mechaniczny") from 1920 is a great example of "concrete poetry" (or "visual poetry") that is "written" simultaneously with words and images. Typographic elements (here frames, braces and text layout) gain their own meaning, "they say" in the poem as clearly as words.
"Mechanical Garden after Tytus Czyżewski" is an interactive artwork based on the original concept by Czyżewski, re-created in a contemporary medium (software). The work touch issues of conditional arts, synthetic nature and the relation of art, nature and technology in general.
"Mechanical Garden after Tytus Czyżewski" is a part of the Tetoki! project by Paweł Janicki premiere presented during the Signals exhibition at the WRO Art Center. Tetoki! is a collection of interactive installations that serve as reproductions of or variations on the existing media works and important techniques used (or created) by artists working with electronic media. It is also a reference to works and ways of working of the historical “analog” and contemporary artists who anticipated concepts and strategies relevant to media and technology-oriented arts.
"Mechanical Garden after Tytus Czyżewski" by Paweł Janicki exists also as an early (2011) version created in form of the stand-alone software commisioned by the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Lublin/Poland).
The original "Mechanical Garden" by Tytus Czyżewski: https://bit.ly/2B10Dmf.
Tytus Czyżewski @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tytus_Czyżewski.
The movement detection mechanism used in the work is built on the basis of the Vida library.