Lost data is given a second chance at life as interesting pieces of art.
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.