Tapestries Based On Binary Code Display Invisible Internet Activity [Pics]

Tapestries Based On Binary Code Display Invisible Internet Activity [Pics]

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

Ross Brooks
  • 4 september 2013

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.

Fragmented Memory


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