Ananda Serné




Night-scented flower I&II
infrared photographs translated into tapestries
wool, cotton, light-reflective yarn, 190 x 147 cm.


The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns
just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.

- Ada Lovelace


Moths have a strong fascination for artificial sources of light. They are less active, feed less, and pollinate fewer flowers when drawn to light at night. Lamps can distract them to the extent that they forget about everything else, perhaps similar to the way in which humans are drawn to screens. 

With the help of a computerised Jacquard loom, I translated infrared photographs of nocturnally blooming flowers (that moths feed on) into woven tapestry. The photographs were downloaded into a software program that translated each colour into a combination of threads.
This work refers to the origin of the word 'software bug' that is often associated with failure, and to the moth that computer pioneer Grace Hopper and her team found inside a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947. 

Produced at the Textile Lab of the Textile Museum in Tilburg (NL).