Repetitions ()Devon Ward
(EaRN dataset, computer installation)
500mm x 910mm x 660mm

Repetitions is an computer-based installation featuring data collected during neuroscience experiments conducted by the Experimental and Regenerative Neuroscience (EaRN) Lab at The University of Western Australia. During conversations with researchers at the lab, they expressed frustration over their computers’ limited processing capacity, which were unable to process the complex dataset. This work was a response to their stories of computer failure.

In order to express this frustration about the physical limits of large dataset, I installed a script on one of the research computers with the following commands:

1. start-up
2. load dataset
3. if the dataset cannot fully load, shut down and repeat step 1

Because of the size of the dataset, this computer creates a loop in which it starts, stops and starts-again, infinitely.