Analogue is the new Digital

Five images from a series of ten pages.

The binary patterns of the Grid/Loop, and Abstraction/Representation evolved in the 20th century. The Grid is abstract and is about boundaries and information. The loop is analog, continuous, recursive, relational. The digital (information) is a subset of the analog (meaning) Wilden (1972).

The Grid creates discontinuous bits of information that can repeat but cannot evolve. The substance within the frame of the Grid overshadows the gaps, the ‘little nothings’ that map the Grid and contain the ‘noise’ from which new patterns may arise (Bateson 1972).

Sportswear and the computer are both artifacts of the 20th century. Sportswear is a language of parts, similar to bits and bytes. Fashion, like the computer, is no longer designed to last. Torn, wrinkled clothing celebrates impermanence, as fashion moves away from product toward conceptual value and process.

The desktop and the body is a site of convergence for the typewriter, computer, Internet, digital camera, printer, iPod, and cell phone. The media of the 21st century is ephemeral, narrative, social, global, voyeuristic, and personal. The stream of data is shifting our desire from product to an obsession with process.

Digital/Digital is the dialogue between the handmade, which stands for scarcity, uniqueness, dexterity and transcendence, and the programmed, which stands for abundance, variation, speed, and transience. Time was once a measure of value. The digital Grid changed the experience of time and our presence in it. Ownership is in question when production relies on collaboratively produced goods, services, and relationships (Hardt & Negri, 2000).

Surface is the arena of heightened activity. Engineered fabrics and wearable communication devices are re-defining clothing. Textiles are becoming a technological skin, - manipulated, layered, embedded, and processed as information. Google Earth has mapped the continuous skin of the planet. As our artifacts become ephemeral, the tension between product and process fuels the drama of our time.

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