In Future Code, I explore the idea that human beings are generated NOT created. What does it mean to be generated? Are we as humans really headed to a society where our very being is generated by some computer program? Is it so hard to believe? In some respects our notion of “being” is already stored in many bits of data. Our DNA information, fingerprints, dental records, intelligence measure, birthplace, habits, preferences, and much more. Our human data is currently stored in virtual space on thousands of computer servers. Most we know of but some we do not.
Given my thoughts about technology and its closeness to the human being, I ponder what it will mean to be “human” in the future. To me, the future of human beings is code. Like DNA code, our human data code will define us, challenge us and help to preserve us.
The future of human is code…Future Code.
Future Code represents my first real technology-based piece in that I used various computer programs to generate contemporary, visually appealing designs instead of create them. Usually, for my digital quilts, I often sketch my designs, digitize them and then manipulate those digital images in the computer to arrive at something that aesthetically speaks to a specific theme.
With Future Code, I sought ways to “design” with computer programs that visually generated images. One set of images that come to mind when one thinks of “designing by generation and not creation” is fractals. These repetitive, geometric images have been used since the 1900’s and have famous names like the Mandelbrot set and the Koch Snowflake. For Future Code, I wanted to stay away from the familiar. So, I employed various programs and techniques to generate my designs. I used a QR code generator, data bending techniques, sine wave filters, pixelation, and halftones.