Victoria Manganiello and Julian Goldman: Computer 1.0

Victoria Manganiello and Julian Goldman, Computer 1.0 (Untitled #5), 2018, Natural and Synthetic Fiber and Dye; Polymer Tubing, Motor Pumps and Computer Code / Photo by Anna Powell Teeter

Victoria Manganiello and Julian Goldman, Computer 1.0 (Untitled #5), 2018, Natural and Synthetic Fiber and Dye; Polymer Tubing, Motor Pumps and Computer Code / Photo by Anna Powell Teeter

Computer 1.0 (Untitled #5) pays homage to the first ancestor of modern computers that is all but forgotten in our understanding of humanity’s digital maturation. In 1801, Joseph Marie Jacquard, a master silk weaver, created a mechanical loom to weave elaborate textiles without painstaking manual labor. This was the first machine capable of automated task production, and the first known use of binary code. Jacquard’s loom helped drive the Industrial Revolution and mechanizing thousands of jobs but not without objection and revolts as many skilled laborers were being replaced by cheaper and less experienced workers.

As a striking representation of a digital ghost, this handwoven cloth has a programmed kinetic surface that recalls data, code, and communication infrastructure. Functioning as a historical lens, Computer 1.0 (Untitled #5) contemplates humanity’s often harmonious and antagonistic relationship with computing technology fraught with promises of utopian and dystopian futures. Meditating digital existentialism and the question of ‘are we better off’, this installation is the physical display of the eternally uncertain potential of technology.


About the Artists

Victoria Manganiello (b. 1989) is an installation and mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  Named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 for 2019, Victoria has received multiple international recognized grants and residency appointments and has exhibited her work throughout the USA and internationally including at the Queens Museum, Museum of Art and Design, and the Tang Museum. She is also a professor of Textiles at NYU and Parson’s the New School. Exploring the intersections between materiality, technology, geography and storytelling, Victoria’s installation work, abstract paintings and kinetic sculptures are made meticulously with hand-woven textiles using hand-spun yarn and hand-mixed natural and synthetic color dyes alongside mechanical alternatives and modern technologies.

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Julian Goldman is a trans-disciplinary designer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He holds a BA in Science Technology and Society focused in Bio-Technology and a masters degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  As a participant in the Global Innovation Design program, Julian studied in Tokyo at Keio Media Design and in London at the Royal College of Art / Imperial College of Engineering.  Julian is currently the Product Design Engineer at Bolt Threads.

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All images by Anna Powell Teeter