Infrastructure Fabrics (2015-current) is an ongoing exploration of imagery, textile designs and garments that translate and remix publicly shared pictures of data centers and infrastructures related to signal traffic and global data networks. It is a part of the ongoing series Conversation Pieces and seeks to make visible opaque infrastructures and provoke conversation about the technologies that are omnipresent yet often invisible in our day-to-day lives.
This project used images that were generated by using an artificial neural network to match the patterns from photographs, weaving a new texture out of the source material. The algorithm was written by David Pfau who processed the images which I used to develop textile designs and garments.
The images below show before and after examples using 1-4 pictures that were tiled over 100 times and made into patterns, examples of which are also shown. An iteration of this work was shown during a talk by Pfau at the Deep Dream Symposium at Gray Area in 2016.