"Larson used a Graphic Sciences DEX 1 Teleprinter, a sophisticated early fax machine, which converted pictures, text and sound into digitally-generated audio signals. These signals were transmitted over a telephone line and a stylus burned the image onto a special carbon-based paper, creating a unique “electronic drawing.” He was able to manipulate these images by altering the voltage of the output during the printing process, by moving the stylus during printing and by sending multiple transmissions to the same page, electronically layering images, text and visual representations of sound." (Gitterman gallery)
I find these series of works, which he called Fireflies, very inspiring. The seemingly chaotic, nonchalant configurations of forms are in fact perfectly balanced compositions.
He combined the fragments of photographs, typography and abstract shapes into one dynamically generated image enriched with the artefacts specific to the used apparatus. The compositions, although generated by the machine and non representational, evoke the dynamics of the organic structures. The use of photographs (their fragments in fact), as a malleable tissue stripped out of the narrative aspects really speaks to me.
Althought those works are aesthetically and technically far away from my own realisations, I can see some tangential aspects like for example multiple layers, fusion between the analogue and digital, artifacts generated as a result of qualities of the tools.
About ten years later (1988) David Hockney experimented with fax machines as well, although his approach was totally different.