Sacred Code

Mark Napier
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Mark Napier

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"Sacred Code" is a rumination on three holy texts:The Old Testament, The New Testament and the Koran, as seen through a digital lens.

In this new artwork, Napier has created algorithms that read these three books bit by bit, literally reading the text as a stream of zeroes and ones. At this lowest level of information, the text becomes a topography, a marking of electronic impulses. The artwork translates the stream of bits into motion: two calligraphic marks, one black and one white, chase one another in a seemingly endless dance on screen, leaving behind faint trails as the move. Rather than interpreting the meaning of the texts, the artwork reads the "shape" of the texts: the shifting topography of binary code drives the motion of the black and white trails on screen. In the process, a binary world is represented as a cloud of shifting shades of gray.

The artwork is presented through physical installation with the "live" work running on computers, and as large scale prints that show the cumulative effect of a complete translation of one text. (source:
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