The word “automatic” is first recorded in English in 1748 with reference to motions of the body; such as, the peristaltic action of the intestines: “The Motions are called automatic from their Resemblance to the Motions of Automata, or Machines, whose Principle of Motion is within themselves.” – unknown author, 1748. Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

CD cover (jewelcase + six-page booklet, two spot colours) and accompanying webpage/microsite. 

The shape on the frontcover consists of two screenshots (r-pentomino, generations 0+1) of a MacOS implementation of John Conway’s “Game of Life”, a so-called cellular automaton. 

Published on Ritornell 2002 | rit25.