Despite the impressive abilities of modern computers, there will always be information that is cast out into an eternal purgatory. One artist has decided to create a memorial to these forgotten pieces of data as part of an exhibition called Fragmented Memory.
The information normally purged from a computer’s RAM has been preserved as a series of tapestries woven from raw binary code. It may not sound all that interesting, but talking with FastCoDesign, Phillip Stearns said:
The exciting thing about it, though, is that you suddenly have a way to see some of the invisible code shaping everyday life.
The bits of binary code, normally displayed as 1s and 0s were grouped into woven pixels – creating 64 different RGB values that display as different colors. Even using this simplified system of displaying the data, a complete core memory dump would translate to 106 million meters of fabric. So Stearns decided to edit, to curate the information into something both manageable and interesting on a tapestry.
While Stearn doesn’t define his work as “New Aesthetic,” it is clear that the works provide a glimpse into the digital world, and the forgotten information that continually passes through our computers. CLick through to see more pieces from the series.