There was an impromptu decision to swap roles, Francis drew Tracy who had so shifted from being the scribe the to become subject.
With the two participants swapping roles something great happened, not only did the project become more participatory and so less passive a process for the sitter. I noticed that the mirrored experiences opened up a space for a comparative and empirical discussion.
Owing to the nature of this drawing process coupled with imposition of the rules of the portrait machine, the drawer, has to relinquish control and should have complete trust in the description provided. So the drawing becomes quite different to ones other work, it's a blind drawing in many ways, self reflexive and completely contingent on its mutualistic mode of production.
The speaker acts as the scribe's eyes. The scribe transcribes/records the words to image. The speaker's role and actions can be paralleled to the function of the left brain logic, looking and analyzing. While the scribe's role can be compared to the right brain, creative, perceptive and abstract. In the merging of these two we arrive at the drawing which becomes the documentation of a participatory process or engagement between the two users. One listening and drawing and the other seeing and looking.