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Bedtime Story


artist | Emily Lazerwitz

2014

Mixed media / Edition of 10

110 × 77 cm / 43.3 × 30.3 in

HD-gloss print (Hand-typed tapestry) on aluminum.

This work was made by first taking one of Emily's favorite childhood stories, Harold and the Purple Crayon, then translating it from plaintext English to binary code through an algorithm. Then the piece ... Read more
HD-gloss print (Hand-typed tapestry) on aluminum.

This work was made by first taking one of Emily's favorite childhood stories, Harold and the Purple Crayon, then translating it from plaintext English to binary code through an algorithm. Then the piece is typed out by hand to form a common folk art pattern. Finally if scanned, the piece will be read aloud to the viewer in binary code with the illustrations from the text.

Emily's artistic practice focuses on the intersection of art, craft, technology, and language. In her "Tapestries" series Emily works with digital means to weave traditional designs and creates an oxymoron - hand-made digital pieces - that stresses the way technology has affected human communication.

"The technology loses its sense of speed and effortlessness. It is clear how painstaking the process is. The slowness of the work is its protest. It is further heightened by the fact that the texts woven into the pattern are written in a language only computers can understand – binary. The language in the works becomes meaningless through the very translation that makes it so easily shared. To the human eye, it is simply an aesthetic object and a feat of patience, but when plugged into the computer it becomes a story: the very story that is hidden in plain sight." Read less
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