Baudot Study II, Edward Heffernan

Richard Brautigan’s 1967 poem, “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” is depicted in the aluminium flashing, coded in a pressures to the telegraph known as Baudot.  The perforations playfully shine dots of light onto the water and reflect the code.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

I like to think (and the sooner the better!)

of a cybernetic meadow

where mammals and computers

live together in mutually

programming harmony

like pure water

touching clear sky.

I like to think

(right now, please!)

of a cybernetic forest

filled with pines and electronics

where deer stroll peacefully

past computers

as if they were flowers

with spinning blossoms.

I like to think

(it has to be!)

of a cybernetic ecology

where we are free of our labors

and joined back to nature,

returned to our mammal

brothers and sisters,

and all watched over

by machines of loving grace. Edward Heffernan is currently studying at UNSW Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Art (Hon) majoring in Sculpture and Installation and Photography, Edward has been involved in three group shows, “Nox” – Randwaick Environmental Park, 2015, Vex – Airspace Gallery, Marrickville 2015 and “Tic” – UNSW AD Space, Paddington 2014


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