A Different Engine, 2014
Installation with performance. Sculptures: wood, cotton
A Different Engine investigates weaving as the foundation of modern technology. Site specific to the Experimental Media Performance Lab—which in itself is a network of computers, outlets and wires—this installation references the history of computing: a history which began with shuttling in and out of the punched holes of automated looms. The Jacquard loom, which gathered threads through punched cards to regulate complicated patterns, serves as the impetus for this installation’s abstraction and investigation into the fundamental act of making. A Different Engine directs string to draw lines through space; in turn, mindless repetition amounts to something larger than its parts.
Performers and viewers are invited to interact with the sculptural scape through touch. The machine-like objects become extensions of the body. The viewers become part of the machine and both are in a constant state of flux.