Abacus

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Abacus displays and reinterprets financial information in real time from the main stock indexes, among them Dow Jones, Nasdaq, FTSE, DAX as well as data from cryptocurrency and foreign exchange market. The artwork reformulates the perforated ticker tape which was the main financial communication media since the end of 19th century. The quotations from each index appear like stripes intertwined, turning into the warp and weft of a fabric that never ceases to change. 


Abacus belongs to the Pixelweaver series that draw on textiles as a metaphor for the social fabric created, and sometimes destroyed, by the news. These artworks pay tribute to the close relationship between information technology and textiles, beginning with the Jacquard's loom in the early nineteenth century, considered by many historians to be the first computer. For this new series, Studio Daniel Canogar has developed a virtual loom based on craft techniques. This algorithmic tool enables the creation of a wide range of patterns from different sources or "wool balls".
4K HDR screen, generative custom software, computer.
Digital generative fabric, created with real time data sourced from the main stock indexes.