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Lilly Lulay

Motorola Elite Alphanumeric Pager Flex 900Mhz (1994), 2021
Inkjet print, print on stramin fabric, handmade embroidery, cotton thread
41 x 31,5 cm

Lilly Lulay’s (*1985 Frankfurt, DE) works examine photography as a cultural tool that forms an integral part of daily life. Perfectly aware of todays overproduction of images Lulay uses own and other peoples photographs as "raw material". Applying a variety of techniques, that range from laser cutting to embroidery, from installation to collage Lulay turns photographs into palpable objects.

Over the last decades, numerous digital technologies have entered and disappeared from our everyday lives. Devices have become increasingly smaller and faster. They have also moved ever closer to us, both physically and emotionally. In the series Early Digital Tech, Artifacts from the Age of Acceleration, the artist has gathered digital entertainment electronics, storage, and transmission media from the last five decades. To realize the work, she decided on a technique that is extremely slow in terms of production, but is very durable: embroidery. For thousands of years, this cultural technique has been used to store and transmit information. Technical devices, usually mass-produced and made of smooth plastic or cold metal, are given a soft, endearing feel. In the background of the embroideries are circuit diagrams of electronic micro-components found inside digital devices. They refer to the rules according to which electrical impulses are transmitted or not, in the form of 0s or 1s. 

Lilly Lulay
USB Stick Super Talent 32GB (2017), 2021
Inkjet print, print on stramin fabric, handmade embroidery, cotton thread
41 x 31,5 cm

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