El Lissitzky’s self-portrait The Constructor undertakes a remeasurement and recreation of the world, which includes the artist. The eye and the hand, which guide a compass instead of a brush, are superimposed in order to demonstrate the new principles of a constructivist style of art.
Eye and compass, perception and construction belong together. Graph paper specifies the grid of mathematically precise reconstruction, and the alphabet the programme for a technical alphabetisation of humans. One dreams of a technical human that is to be constructed first of all at
the drawing table. Art, science and technology are intended to go hand in hand in order to create a new world, new sense of perception and a new society. In pre-Stalinist Soviet Russia, one dreams of a new society governed by technology, which is the new natural world.