Get a Pattern, 2011Performance / Installation
Get a Pattern is an event that extends the Internet project triple-double-u.com, which allows visitors to the Web site to try out preprogrammed machines for generating image-like patterns made out of ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). The project uses digital resources available on the Internet as secondhand material to shape new forms and ideas, while the Get a Pattern event makes the ideas happen in real time and space. Get a Pattern invites visitors to produce T-shirts by themselves using the environment built for production.
The Internet project on which Get a Pattern operates, carpet/?s n t-shirts/?s, runs on a PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) application where Internet resources are used as yarn to make ASCII cloths. The foundation of the artwork is immaterial code, in this case ASCII, which is transformed into a physical state. It makes visible the virtual material that is used to represent text in computers.
The application generates a unique output, which is based on the time an Internet surfer spends at a Web site. The time is measured in the form of hh:mm:ss (hours: minutes: seconds) and then used as a keyword for the results taken from a search engine. The application downloads the content of the given results, rejects html tags and white spaces, and arranges all the content into an image-like pattern. The image produced can be printed out on a T-shirt or sheet of paper, or even woven in a factory and then shipped to the addressee. By enabling users to order and buy the carpet or T-shirt with the unique generated code through the Web site, Gapševicius reflects on the strategies of e-commerce.
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