Clare Phelan works directly with nineteenth and early twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch cards. These ‘host’ materials have presence and a history. Faded and sometimes fragile, ripped and torn, they impact upon the senses and are the ancestors of our digital world.
“I’m interested in the idea of a ‘cultural lag’ in our understanding of advancing technology. It’s easy to feel fear, frustration and a sense of being left behind, as our lives become increasingly mediated through machines. My work speaks to society’s shift away from manufacturing towards the service, knowledge and information sectors. Obsolescence, loss and change influence this reflective work.”