Imagine you could shrink yourself down small enough to swim around your hard drive and meet your files face to face—what would you see? Enter The Machine aims to provide a new way of seeing our digital files, one that does justice to their uniqueness, the diversity of the data they contain, and the complexity by which they are structured.
The original solo exhibition at Garis & Hahn in 2016 consisted of nine original 48” x 30” programmatically generated Duratrans prints in handmade light boxes. Each one contains a custom built electronic circuit that allows the light boxes to slowly pulse.
The nine light boxes are listed below.
Consists of 218 distinct files from taken from the artist’s desktop totaling 1.4GB of data. The dataset contains mostly jpg and png files (orange/red), with occasional mov files (pink), zip files (white), and Microsoft Office files (green and blue).
The artist’s Downloads folder consists mostly of open source programming libraries and frameworks, such as OpenFrameworks, which was used to create these works. These coding libraries normally consist of thousands of small text files, which is what forms the very clustered center. Also in the Downloads folder are pdfs, images, movies, and zip files.
Shown here are 580 emails and their respective attachments, received between September 2014 and December 2014. The purple elements are the text component of each email while attachments are either represented in teal, orange for pdf files, and red for jpgs and pngs.
If you use iTunes, there’s a good chance you have a Compilations folder. This is an excerpt from the artist’s iTunes Compilations folder, artists A–E, which contains 547 mp3 files for a total of 2GB of music.
A Dropbox folder is often the digital equivalent of a biologically diverse ecosystem, teaming with digital diversity. The artist’s Dropbox folder contains 2.5GB of data spread over 7,152 different files in over 100 different file types.
All 566 of the artist’s passwords are rendered here in plain sight for all to see.
Buried in the System folder of Mac OS X v10.10 is a folder called LinguisticData, which contains the files needed to translate the operating system into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish. In Mac OS X v10.10 these 16 languages weigh in at 440MB.
The artist works and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and this piece consists of 1.9GB of data created throughout 2015. The glitch effect is a byproduct of the algorithm incorrectly process iff files (used in 3D rendering).
Enter The Machine was on display at Garis & Hahn in New York City from January 27th to April 17th, 2016.