Hektor consists of a suitcase which contains two electric motors, a spray-can holder, toothed belts, cables, a strong battery and a circuit board which is connected to a laptop and controls the machine. The motors that are mounted onto the wall suspend the can holder through the toothed belts and define its position by changing the length of these belts.
Through the use of Scriptographer, Hektor is controlled directly from within Adobe Illustrator, the spray-can follows vector graphic paths and sprays them onto the wall. The idea behind Hektor was to create a tool with its own aestethic. It was intended as a reaction to a monoculture in design, caused by the use of computers and the same few applications and techniques - all mostly based on vector graphics - by the majority of designers all over the world. Therefore, Hektor was to be a machine that conveys the abstract geometrical information contained in these clean vector graphics in a different way than normal printers do. Hektor follows vector paths like the hand follows a line while drawing it. Moreover, with the spray-can Hektor uses a tool that was made to be used by the human hand. Combined with the fragility of the installation this aspect gives the machine a less precise but somehow poetic quality. Ambiguous on purpose, Hektor unifies this quality with the purity of technological perfection.