Artist: Phillip Stearns
Condensed Biography: Phillip Stearns works at the intersection of art, philosophy, and science, drawing upon a variety of disciplines including installation, circuit sculpture, writing, audio-video works, performance art, and musical composition. The driving force motivating his practice comes from an intense fascination with technological objects and a deep skepticism towards modern applications of technology, especially in the creation of closed circuits of production/consumption.
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US
Artwork#1: Fragmented Memory
Genre: visual art
Media: Digitally designed and woven textile
Description: a triptych of large woven. The project uses digital practices and processes to blur the lines between photography, data visualization, textile design, and computer science. The result are works of visual art that serve not only to render visible the invisible processes mediating everyday experience, but also to operate as distinctly tactile and lo-fi digital storage media—the process becomes a means to capture, record, and transmit data.
Details: A snapshot of computer’s physical memory was extracted in a core dump. Three selections of the binary data were converted to images using custom software which grouped 6 bits into RGB pixel colour values (2 bits per channel). The resulting 64 hues in the images were then mapped to a custom woven colour palette created by mixing 8 colours of yarn using variations on a satin weave. The resulting patterns were then woven on a computerized industrial Jacquard loom.
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