We're living in The Jetsons. Okay, so we're not in space, but we have video chat, TeleViewer iPads, and Siri is pretty much a talking robot maid. It's the Digital Age, and if you haven't thought about your computer coming alive like Frankenstein's monster at least once, well you just did. Which leads us to wonder: do computers think? Brooklyn-based media artist Phillip Stearns' latest project, "Fragmented Memory," is a headfirst plummet into this concept that leaves you working it over yourself.
The piece is salvaged from binary code, the series of 0s and 1s that usually disappear from RAM to live on in the computer netherworld for all eternity. Or not. Regardless of your computer dogma, Stearns thinks there is something to these lost bits. He's collected, saved, and translated them into pixel art that he then wove into a series of tapestries.
To do this, he first extracted a computer's physical memory using OSXPmem. With custom software, he then converted three sections of binary data into RGB pixel color values, which were mapped onto a woven color palette. You can see the contraption that did the actual weaving below.
Not only is this a great concept, it's nice to look at too. Take a look.
Images courtesy of Phillip Stearns