Posted on January 21 2015 by Rod Lloyd
Despite its appearance, this strange image is not a meaningless assortment of lines. Rather, it is a Picasso-esque art piece made from the random movements of enemies in the NES Legend of Zelda. By tracking where monsters traveled on a given screen with an HP 7475A Pen Plotter, artist collective nonhumans.net created a number of odd, but unique pieces for purchase on their website.
Nonhumans.net is an artist collective focusing on artworks created by computer programs, robots, and other such electronic objects. At the time of writing, the 12 unique Zelda pieces, which are 8.5 x 11 pen drawings on acid-free cardstock, are available for 0.47517902 Bitcoins, or approximately $100 USD. A percentage of each sale is placed in a “nest egg,” an account set aside for when nonhuman entities are legally able to buy and sell goods and services on their own.
As strange as it sounds, this is definitely not a type of artwork we see everyday. And while the Zelda monster pieces don’t appear impressive at first glance, knowing the process it took to make them is very intriguing. Nonhumans.net asserts that purchasers of this artwork are directly giving money to Zelda enemies like Tektites, Leevers, and Darknuts. The more I think about the nature of this art, the more I become transfixed with each piece.
What do you think of these drawings? Would you ever buy such a thing? Let us know.