Yael Kanarek
Attached, 2004
From the series Cycle 2
Lambda print, pleximounted
22.5 x 28 in / 57.1 x 71.1 cm, small
54.25 x 66 in / 137.7 x 167.6 cm, large
Edition of 6

Set in a parallel world called Sunset/Sunrise, World of Awe is an online story space by Yael Kanarek that chronicles the journey of an unnamed protagonist. Accessible via www.worldofawe.net, this narrative is revealed in first person through journal entries kept on the main character’s laptop computer. Kanarek’s Cycle series of photographs, which includes Attached, are related to the story’s virtual Chapter 2,”Destruction and Mending”, and were featured at bitforms gallery in Spring 2004. In Attached the traveler from World of Awe takes on female form. Ribbon from SPIN_LOCK envelops her young body, surrounding it in a womb-like web of code. Software serves as ‘soft wear’ or lingerie. In each picture the figure performs a human equivalent of a computer’s basic operating system functions – sleep mode, attaching and multitasking.

Bringing to mind scene details of Silicon Canyon in the story, SPIN_LOCK is a sculpture that represents source code from a computer’s operating system and is printed on over 800 yards of sheer pink organza ribbon. Overflowing gracefully like a bridal garment, it hangs in suspension. Springing forth from its central kernel, computer programming language floats physically in the air. Typically ephemeral data flitting across networks takes on physical form, paying homage to the collaborative origins of open source platforms, developed globally via the Internet with multiple authors.

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