‘Virtual Failure’ is a suspended tapestry-like construction made of thousands of coloured dice.
The work was constructed by manually assembling the dice according to algorithmic rules. These self-imposed rules were inspired by a mathematical concept and evolutionary algorithm first discovered in the 1940's and that became the precursor to the digital computer and, at its time, was meant to simulate ungraspable amounts of data and unlock the mysteries of all life form.
The work originates from the artists interest in the human experience of digital production and the shift away from the material towards the virtual, the networked, the digital.
It is part of a recent series of works in which Troika adapt systems and methods, such as computer algorithms or mathematical sequences, that are borrowed from the virtual backbone to our physical world. Using everyday materials such as copper and high tech tape or, here, dice to simulate digital sequences, these works are physical reenactments of what is increasingly invisible. They reflect on the ways how the digital world increasingly reaches out into the physical one.