Touch Stubs


Alex Pitre's Touch Stubs explores memory sensation, retention, and evolution through the creation of knitted tendrils and a stop-motion video documenting their creation. The installed sculpture uses i-cord tendrils that consist of colored yarn, colored wire, and conductive elements to embed the audience’s memories. With each touch, a unique color pattern flashes to show the storage of memories. Pitre invites the audience to follow the journey of the tendrils through time-lapse video overlayed with poetry written and rewritten in a form mimicking Javascript. Pitre’s coded animation and sculpture are meant to poetically simulate what a tendril might construct or tear down based on its experiences. While Touch Stubs allows the audience to witness the tendrils’ creation and first memories, this element of work centers the human role in technology creation and questions the human role in understanding our creations.