NIGHT-SCENTED FLOWER I&II
Let us suppose that moths have become extinct because of some natural event and we were faced with the task of replacing this loss on the clavier of life with the help of natural technology.
How would we proceed in this case? We would probably take a
butterfly and retrain it for nocturnally blooming flowers, in which case the development of the olfactory feelers would have to take priority over the development of the eyes.
Jakob von Uexküll, A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans
With the help of a computerised Jacquard loom, I translated infrared photographs of nocturnally blooming flowers (that moths feed on) into woven tapestry. The photographs were downloaded into a software program that translated each colour into a combination of threads.
This work refers to the origin of the word 'software bug' that is often associated with failure, and to the moth that computer pioneer Grace Hopper and her team found inside a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947.