Binary Code for Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace

‘Binary Code for Ada Byron (Countess of Lovelace’

Artist Statement

01000001 01100100 01100001 01001100 01101111 01110110 01100101 01101100 01100001 01100011 01100101 01000110 01101001 01110010 01110011 01110100 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01110101 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01100101 01110010 01100011 01101111 01100100 01100101 01101010 01110101 01100100 01111001

Ada Lovelace first computer-programmer code Judy

 

I have created a binary code textile installation that celebrates the first computer programmer, Ada Byron, (the Countess of Lovelace).

Ada Lovelace was an analytical metaphysicist. She published extensive notes about Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in 1843.

Computer language is based on Binary Code. Binary numbers make use of only 2 characters, on and off, 1 and 0.

In a similar way knitting is a system based on 2 stitches, plain and pearl with combinations and variations of these 2.

I have translated text into binary code and developed a binary code knitting pattern using white for plain and black for pearl, that covers a computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

‘The Analytic Engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.’ Ada Lovelace 1843


Judy Bourke February 2017

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