Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

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“The hope was for me as an artist to lose control, and to have my control exist at the level of setting up the experiment.” —Ian Cheng

Hear directly from artists and curators on selected works from Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018.

Tauba Auerbach, Binary Uppercase/Lowercase, 2005

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Clémence White: Auerbach is interested in linguistic systems and in translation. She's thinking about language and how language is used, but is also thinking about the characters of the alphabet. This piece, which is called Binary Uppercase/Lowercase translates the English alphabet into binary uppercase on the left side, and lowercase on the right side.

Narrator: Binary is the language of ones and zeroes that forms the basis of computer programming. Clémence White is a Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney.

Clémence White: Binary code for each letter in the English alphabet is eight bits long, so she translated that code using her system. Black squares correspond to ones, white squares correspond to zeroes for each letter.

The letter "A" in binary in uppercase is 01000001. She is translating ones as black squares and zeroes as white squares. So it's one white square, one black square, five white squares, and then one black square.

Binary letters in black on white background.

Clémence White: Auerbach is interested in linguistic systems and in translation. She's thinking about language and how language is used, but is also thinking about the characters of the alphabet. This piece, which is called Binary Uppercase/Lowercase translates the English alphabet into binary uppercase on the left side, and lowercase on the right side.

Narrator: Binary is the language of ones and zeroes that forms the basis of computer programming. Clémence White is a Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney.

Clémence White: Binary code for each letter in the English alphabet is eight bits long, so she translated that code using her system. Black squares correspond to ones, white squares correspond to zeroes for each letter.

The letter "A" in binary in uppercase is 01000001. She is translating ones as black squares and zeroes as white squares. So it's one white square, one black square, five white squares, and then one black square.


Tauba Auerbach, Binary Uppercase/Lowercase, 2005. Ink, opaque watercolor, and graphite pencil on paper, 22 5/16 × 23 3/4 in. (56.7 × 60.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Drawing Committee 2010.79. © Tauba Auerbach