Tangle E

Tangle E

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Installation view. E : D5
2014
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In the manner of DNA replication, Tangle E is a five-part series using open-source signal-analysis software to operate on the byte information in 5 pairs of raw image files – as enzymes do on strand templates in a double-helix – to synthesize a new, but inherited information apparatus: in this case, plotted data and video.

The code from each raw file in a pair was individually imported, then routed into color channels of red, green and blue, so corresponding with the original RGB color space of the file. Now a signal, the data was then mapped into a spectrum window – its metadata and bit densities on the x-axis as a function of frequency and magnitude; its pixel dimensions along the y-axis as a function of time.

Next, one signal of the pair was treated as a nucleotide chain in a leading strand of DNA, while the information from the second signal was regarded as a chain of nucleotides in a lagging strand. To excavate and focus in on the spectral energy inherent to each pair of signals, as well as to map the anti-parallel, 3-5-prime directionality of the byte strands, the domains of frequency, magnitude and time in the red channel of the leading signal were inverted and summed to one, while the frequency domains of the green and blue channels were flipped upside down. The lagging signal’s red and green channels were flipped similarly, and the bit order in its blue channel was reversed.

Charted as enzyme activities in the space of a cell, then, the data of the leading file moves to the right of its original order, and plays forward in time when displayed in the video window. Conversely, the information of the lagging file moves right, but also moves in reverse time within the scrolling display buffer. Five split-screen videos offer a record of these polymeric, enzyme-based actions, and an information plot containing all five pairs therein, is a transcript of the strand-files rejoined.

 

This statement appears in different form in the textual materials for Interphase. Sorry Archive, Select Fair, Miami, FL. Dec. 2-7. Press release.
 
 
 

E : D5
2014
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(Excerpt) 00:12:26 of 01:12:12

 
 
 

E : D4
2014
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(Excerpt) 00:14:21 of 01:12:12

 
 
 

E : D3
2014
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(Excerpt) 00:15:37 of 01:12:13

 
 
 

E : D2
2014
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(Excerpt) 00:07:06 of 01:12:13

 
 
 

E : D1
2014
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(Excerpt) 00:04:09 of 01:12:13