Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate, Clare Phelan

26 May 2018 – 16 Jun 2018

Event times

Tuesday 10am-3pm
Wednesday 7pm-9pm
Thursday 10am-3pm
Saturday 12-4pm

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England, United Kingdom


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‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ presents a series of prints which reference our relationship with technology.


Cultural manifestations of technology often outlast their material use. ‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ is such an example. The phrase was printed on IBM punch cards, and became a metaphor for alienation and dehumanisation as part of American 1960’s counterculture.

Phelan works directly with nineteenth and early twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch cards. These ‘host’ materials have presence and a history. Faded and sometimes fragile, often rusted, warped, pungent, ripped and torn, they impact upon the senses and are the ancestors of our digital world.

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Clare Phelan


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