Exploring change through time
Well duh. Over time things change. Fractals are a mathematical phenomenon that display detail of change through time. These changes are embedded in chaos theory, the prediction of change based on chance within approximation boundaries. The flap of a butterfly’s wing is not likely to cause a hurricane, but the eruption of a volcano might. A little Ockham’s Razor goes a long way.
It only was once the exhibition’s concepts started to form in January this year that I realised I needed to learn to hand stitch, this would not have happened without the patience of Mandy Cooper. Not only did Mandy guide me through the learning process but it is her hand at work in Untitled (Python Code).
Over time things change, we adapt. There is necessity, there is nicety, there is progress, and then there is plain ol’ change. Untitled Cross-Stitch is a series of needle works on canvas that depict transition and incision of screen technology and craft making.
Stitched across abstractions of mobile phone screens are approximations of the phrases HOME SWEET HOME and BLESS THIS HOUSE. We are presented with the question “are we heading towards technology that is more impersonal or are we heading towards technology that blurs the lines of personality?”
Untitled (Python Code) is a redacted version of the computer code I wrote as the basis of the Sisyphus’ Footsteps multimedia installation.
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Zuckerberg 3.3.2 suggests: despite inevitable change, being independent with the ability to do things yourself might still be important.
“technology, like fire, is a good servant but a terrible master”
I have also attempted a portrayal of the connection between needlework and the Bible with a nod to Psalm 3, verse 3, line 2. In Psalm 3, David calls upon God for help, however in this case, while God has the ability to help, He is unwilling to do so. Not only do we need independence but also need to consider the things that appear to be good for us and question “who’s side are They really on?“
AI is not the next best thing; it is a now thing – for better or for worse. An interesting thing about Artificial Intelligence is that it is not that intelligent. It cannot reason, it cannot create; it replicates and packages. AI never knows an answer, it finds answers and selects the best fit. When it cannot find an answer, it may offer a randomised confident but incorrect response known as a hallucination. hallucinatus is the Latin word from which hallucination is derived which I didn’t know until recently when I was thumbing my way through a dictionary.
Tasks are those endless repetitious routines that never change. Sisyphus was forced by the gods to roll a stone up a hill for it to only roll back down again meaning it needed to be rolled back up again and again ‘til the end of time. Is his task identical every time? Deleuze would say not. Deleuze invites us to consider the moment in time to be an integral component of the task, therefore when performed at a different time, there are differences in the action. Like fractals, Deleuze sees change at the molecular level, I invite you to observe change while watching Sisyphus’ Footsteps, an algorithmic digital media installation.
Time. Our most rigid unstoppable. Steam Clock, 2023 is a remodelling of Steam Clock, 2020. My ’20 version questioned our need for immediacy while desiring eternity. ’23 takes time and places it in the now. The steam creates fractal-like shapes and movement as it displays the time every fifteen minutes, within plus or minus fifteen seconds, or there abouts.
To tell the time, observe the puffs of steam exiting the holes that represent 12, 3, 6, and 9 on a clock face.
Two steam puffs are used to depict the hour –
1 o’clock = 12 then 3
2 o’clock = 3 then 12
3 o’clock = 3 then 3
Then a third steam puff depicts the minutes –
Quarter past = 3
Half past = 6
Quarter to = 9
For ‘on the hour’, a multi-puff display occurs.
Untitled Cross-Stitch series
Home Sweet Home, 2023
Oil and cotton on canvas
Bless This House, 2023
Oil and cotton on canvas
Acrylic and cotton on canvas
Zuckerberg 3.3.2, 2023
Oil and cotton on canvas
Untitled (Python Code), 2023
Acrylic, cotton and calico
Sisyphus’ Footsteps, 2023
Computer controlled (Raspberry Pi), TV monitors (one with a useful fault), data projector, custom-made and found software, table, easel, sawhorses, electrical hardware
Steam Clock, 2023
Glass, tape, fog machines, micro-controller (Arduino), custom-made software, electrical hardware