The Red Earth Project
8. Sixteenth Century Technology
As with most of the pieces in this project, the focus isn't so much on embedding seductive aura in the works themselves, rather indulging a theoretical space in which the works are like outputs, nodes forming a collective thought. Therefore, in some way, there is active work against the vernacular of material and seduction, responding to the same in our technocratic processes, where there’s a reduction in the status of aesthetic aura, and process and delivery of optimal solutions for a narrow pool of end users rules supreme.
This piece is a direct contemplation of these ideas. A textual analysis algorithm is applied to a paragraph of prose from the book Red Earth. This analysis outputs a pattern recognition looking at associations between the words from the book, offering an alternative computational narrative. This methodology echoes weaving technologies (technological exchange) and a textile designer from Ibadan Nigeria, weaved this output onto Aso Oke, a stiff Yoruba fabric used mostly at special events, and usually a lot more expressive in its design and embroidery. This method of weaving originated somewhere around the 16th century, a process started by hand, but now also done with machine.
The deep shimmering void here, a vast universe of silence around these words.