center detail of weaving
Installation ViewInstallation View
Material Bodies (2016), ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL
PROJECTS: Embodied Objects
computerized jacquard loom woven cotton tapestries
approx. 70”H x 53”W each
edition of 5 + 1 AP each
The frenetic imagery in this series is formed from electromyography (EMG) data collected while performing tasks and expressions with my own body such as squinting, blinking and even unraveling a finished tapestry. The numerical EMG data was visualized in a custom Processing program that was written to repeat, rotate, and randomly colorize the EMG waveforms.
The series of digitally woven tapestries examines notions of labor and craft as they relate to material and technology. By combining hand and digital processes with traditional textiles and new media technologies, the series destabilizes and interrogates how each is categorized and valued. The narrative implications of these categories are mined for their potential to explore how technology, data, and cultural artifacts mediate our understanding of the human body.
©2016 Laura Splan
Photo Assistance: Sasha Charoensub