Computer Punch Card Selected Works Catalogue 01 brings together many versions of the latest and most complex iterations of this practice. While retaining the same original photographic source material, which remains black and white images of cities like London and Tokyo at night, this time the support brings colour and an element of chance into the final image.
Each individual image in this series is printed out across a grid of used IBM computer punch cards, varying in size, colour combinations and complexity, which are then pinned to a backboard. The small (8.3 x 18.7 cm) punch cards that make up each finished object were an early system by which computer programs were fed into generations of computing machines in the 1970s, through a combination of printed binary codes and punched holes – both of which are still visible on the cards used here. As such, like my previous projects with E Tablets and electronic ink, these works continue my investigation into outmoded or defunct technologies from both their aesthetic and practical points of view. In this case I am interested not only in the specific colours and combinations of colours of the cards, which produce their own abstractions, adding to those of the original images, but in the ways in which the sequences of printed numbers and the process of pinning them together replicates the essence of digital technology in a totally man-made and man-altered way