Invisible digital systems surround us, at sea and on land, in the tools we depend on and like to use. Materializing the digital suggests a drawing attention to the power of multiple systems, and also to the potential of abuse, overload or failure of what we rely on. The imagery in Fluid Data layers found and manipulated data files, error messages, symbols and codes of digital tracking, maps of global undersea internet cables routes, graphs of climate data all connected through the subtle imagery of water. Periodically data is “missing” resulting in deliberately unwoven sections, conceptual visual glitches, or shifts in the control and order of the woven structure resulting in the unexpected. Woven by hand on a digital jacquard loom each face provides layers of translation, communication and readability: an overview, while also inviting the viewer into a close reading of complex details.
Fluid Data 2015
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Photo credits: Michel Dubreuil
Missing Data 2015
Fluid Data (Digital Version) at Bath Spa University MediaWall 2015-2016