Machine learning 2.0


Cotton, MDF

80 × 90 cm

Emily Lazerwitz

Work Description

Lazerwitz started machine knitting after researching the history of computing and its overlap with the history of textiles. Like original computers, knitting machines also work through the use of punch cards where patterns are inputted into the card to represent data that is later displayed in the output. As a mathematician, Lazerwitz has always been particularly interested in the concept of randomness and what it means to be truly random. A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates is a textbook that was written in the 1950’s that exactly like the title says lists a million random digits in a grid format. Lazerwitz turned to a random page of this book and copied the digits onto the knitting machine and then in turn wove the machine knitting into another form of textile. The colours were randomly selected as were the digits. The artist becomes a machine and there are 2 levels of output – the knitting and then the weaving.