Computers store information entirely in zeroes and ones. “Bits” of information are stored in a computer’s memory through a binary system that was directly adopted from the invention of Jacquard’s punch card loom.
“In my Social Fabric series, I have used this history as a vehicle to understanding the complex relationships between humans and technology by altering digital images taken from Facebook and re-contextualizing them through the process of Jacquard weaving.
Facebook itself has become a way of remembering ourselves. It is a collective photo album created by, and for, a generation of people who want to share their experiences with the world no matter how mundane or extraordinary these events may be. My work engages the topic of memory both in how we use technology today to store, share and shape our identities through platforms like Facebook, as well as how the computer itself stores this information in a vast digital memory based in a system adopted from the Jacquard loom.”
Dylan Fish is a recent graduate from NSCAD University and will be pursuing his Masters Degree in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall of 2015. He is interested in community, both online and in the real world, which manifests itself in his work, conceptually through his studio practice and practically through volunteering and outreach.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.