My grandmother was a computer
The work „My grandmother was a computer“ refers to the historical fact that in the 1930s and 1940s, people who did calculations – it was mostly women who did this work – were called „computers“.
The relationships between textiles and text, weaving and programming that are evident in these works are linked by a history of gendered, predominantly „female“ labour.
In her works, Gloria Sogl immerses herself in a fictionalised world based on her grandmother’s daily textile and writing practice, bringing together the strict requirements of a precisely written code and the richness of natural language, addressing the underlying regularity of the physical world and the free form of creative play.
Computer technology is not seen as antithetical to a lived practice, but as a mediating condition, both of which are crucial to the human world in the present.
The tapestries were realized by the Textile Design course at Hof University of Applied Sciences. Many thanks for the support and the unique opportunity to realize the work!