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You are looking at an object that is a manifestation of this text. It is information dematerialized into a material form.

In the context of contemporary new media artwork and the information age, what can be said about the conceptual practice of dematerialization. Is it still relevant in the information age? Manuela Garreton and Jack Kalish are two young artists and designers working in the realm of New Media. This text, this object, is a dematerialization of two of our previous works. In Winter of 2010 at NYUs ITP program, Jack Kalish and Gabriella Levine created Bytelight, an interactive light sculpture. Bytelight allows visitors to directly manipulate digital information through a series of light switches, whose state gets translated into a colored overhead light, bathing the visitor in color. The work represents a rematerializtion of immaterial digital data in the form of the real, physical phenomena of colored light. During 2007 to 2009 Manuela Garreton worked for a plant biology lab. One of the works she did there was taking pictures of plants (Arabidopsis thaliana) growing in different conditions. In 2010 she took up these pictures and used them to do a different project at the ITP. This new project, called Plant Reader, consisted on a program that extracted information from the photograph of the plants. These analyses consisted on going trough every image reading the associated data on every pixel and then visualize this information onto a graph. The process behind this project was taking the information from the real world and transforming it into data that could be used to understand and analyse the growth process in plants. Our works approach the idea of translation between material and immaterial manifestation of color perception, but from opposing directions. Whereas Bytelight translates digital information about color, creating a physical manifestation of colored light, Plant Reader interprets color information about the natural world and translates it into a digital abstraction and information visualization. It can be said that the medium of New Media is information, and therefore immaterial. This work is a proposition that to dematerialize a work that was created as information in the information age and if the material is the information one would need to translate the data into a material form. Therefore, we have taken this text, which was digitally created on a computer, and have translated the digital data into something as purely material as possible. The digital data that forms this text also defined the color and the shape of the object which you are examining.