ROBIN KANG
My woven tapestries explore the connections between contemporary technology and the history of textile fabrication and manufacturing. Incorporating graphics drawn from both circuit boards and patterns reminiscent of ancient weaving traditions, my work points to the influence that weaving technology has had on the development of modern computing. From the influence of Jacquard’s punch card system—developed for his loom—on the creation of early computers, to the hand-woven copper wires found on early memory storage hardware, our current technological landscape is closely linked to the history of weaving. These intertwined histories, which often remain unacknowledged, upend traditional expectations surrounding gender, labor, and technological development.