The fuzzyness of Cirquids

As mentioned, creating a certain rhytem for a programmed operation can be regulated by the shapes of the printed wax barriers. The materiality of the paper Cirquid plays an active role instead of just being a static element. Hereby the salt water, which is spreading through the paper’s fibers, hold an interesting semi-unpredictable character:a fuzzy condition can be observes, as the status of being wet and being dryed out again can be fluctuates a few times right before the status of being permanently dried out and therefore inactive or non-cunductive again.

I noticed this behaviour the first time when I controled the power supply of two ventilators. The current volt of the used energy source needed to bypass a small sheat of paper. While the paper was inriched with salt water, the connection was circuit was closed and the ventilators were running. Their air blast however quickens the paper’s dryingprocess.


As the paper became too dry to support the current flow from one connected paper clip to the other any longer, the system stopped. Which means the ventilators ran out of electricity and their blades were  slowly discontinueing their rotations. Simultaniously the typical sounds procudes by their rotation got more quiet, as their acceleration decreased.

Even though the ventilator’s energy supplies was disconnected because the paper seemed to be dryed out, the ventilator started blowing again with full power after a while. Just to stop working again after a few seconds.


Cirquid System
Considering the seen phenomenon, I arranged a system that underlines this aspect by regulating itself with the help of two ventilators and two peaces of paper (one imprinted with a cirquid).


  • 2  ventilators
  • 2 Paper-stripes, one with an imprinted cirquid
  • container with salt water
  • 1 laboratory power supply
  • hidden cables and paperclips


The rules

① System is inaktiv until ciquid A gets wet

② If cirquid A wet > ventilator A starts blowing > cirquid B starts moving, dips into saltwater


③ If cirquid B wet > ventilator B starts blowing > cirquid A drys out faster

④ If cirquid A dry again> ventilator A stops blowing > cirquid B stops touching the salt water

⑤  If cirquid B no touch with salt water> ventilator B stops blowing > System is inaktiv


⑥ System is inaktiv until ciquid A gets wet


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