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Textile (USA), 1998

This is a Textile. It was designed by Eve Andrée Laramée and produced by Eve Andrée Laramée. It is dated 1998 and we acquired it in 1999. Its medium is cotton, rayon, metallic and its technique is jacquard woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The elements of Eve Andrée Laramée’s design, which she created as the focal point of A Permutational Unfolding, her 1999 Exhibition at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center Gallery, present a rich visual network of information about the history of programmable computers. Joseph-Marie Jacquard is prominently featured in a jacket patterned with zeros and ones, as his punch-card controlled loom effectively introduced the binary code (warp up or warp down). The woman is Ada Lovelace (1816-52), an accomplished mathematician and close friend of British mathematician Charles Babbage (1791-1871). Babbage’s calculating machine, the “Analytical Engine” is generally acknowledged as the precursor to today’s computer technology. The duck is a diagram of the ingenious automaton created by Jacques Vaucanson (1709-82) in 1733, which actually ingested and digested grain and then defecated. The hand is a diagram of the prosthetic created by Ambroise Paré (1510-90) in 1564. Woven by a contemporary jacquard loom fed by a CAD weaving program, the textile itself evidences a technology continuum that spans almost two centuries.

This object was donated by Eve Andrée Laramée. It is credited Gift of Eve Andrée Laramée.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 242.6 x 141 cm (7 ft. 11 1/2 in. x 55 1/2 in.)

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Textile (USA), 1998; Designed by Eve Andrée Laramée ; cotton, rayon, metallic; H x W: 242.6 x 141 cm (7 ft. 11 1/2 in. x 55 1/2 in.); Gift of Eve Andrée Laramée; 1999-28-1

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