These blankets are layered with irony: a digital photographic image, made with an intentionally broken (rewired) camera, is mechanically woven or knit into a photo blanket, an object commonly advertised as a kitsch memento. In this project, a keepsake for cherishing one’s memories is transformed into a platform for fashioning corrupted memory, the cold logic of digital systems into soft, warm blankets.
The patterns used for the glitch blankets come primarily from the DCP Series body of work, in which obsolete, low-resolution Kodak digital cameras are physically and electronically altered. By rewiring or “preparing” the cameras on-board electronics, digital images are produced in a manner that inverts the process of the camera-less photogram; these images are all camera and no light. In addition to reexamining the essential nature of photography in the digital age, the project explores the algorithmic unconscious at work behind the discipline of digital photography. Rather than seeing images of the world through a lens, we catch a glimpse of what the camera sees when it is forced to peer inside its own mind. As much as these images are the residue of an external agency acting upon the camera, they are also machine hallucinations, electric sheep.