How can a physical gesture represent the remnants of an action: the forces of gravity, the gradations of a shadow, a conversation, a touch, movement through digital space? What happens when our regular actions are interrupted by lack of connectivity or even a pandemic?
Amanda Wood uses hand weaving to explore connectivity, physical gestures, digital space and self-organizing systems. Woven cloth is made up of a complex network of connections animated in the physical process of overlaying threads. Cloth is everywhere and it can be central to comfort, intimate relationships and collective memory. The nature of its ubiquity becomes a temporal space of transformation and gesture.
‘Disrupted’ is a physical gesture that explores the concept of broken networks. A woven rhythm was developed based on an algorithm that generated random integers. Despite the holes and seemingly random placement, a pattern emerges and the structure holds together.
‘Robustness to Uncertainty’ is a handwoven multi-layer structure inspired by self-organizing systems found in nature. Swarms and murmurations are physical gestures that allow animals to complete tasks they could not do alone. They are scalable, self-organizing, and responsive, like a multi-core processor or a music score.
Amanda Wood is a Canadian artist living and working on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, otherwise known as Vancouver.
This project is a part of the King East Design District (KEDD), a hub for design, art and culture in the heart of Old Town Toronto.