The Two billionth, one hundred and forty-seven millionth, four hundred and eighty-three thousandth, six hundred and forty-seventh
Part of Art Across the City, 6th Sept - 6th Oct, Swansea, UK.
The title of this new series of sculptures refers to the largest number that most computer systems can use as an integer for, amongst other things, dates, which could lead to the ‘year 2038 problem' - a possible technological disaster.
The piece is based on the idea of survivors of a catastrophic event brought about by the 2038 problem trying to understand the technological world that came before them and using nature imagery to interpret it. In the same we that we use figurative imagery to name elements of computer systems, such as Wizard, Demon or Bug, and we use graphic conventions to represent data visually, these survivors are creating a cult around what they perceive as the lost data of the previous civilisation. The birds are like system Demons or Bugs, distributing or pecking away at data objects represented by the geometric objects.