Ada's Shop

2010 - 2011



A collaboration of Marianne R. Petit and Matthew Belanger

The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Ada's Shop, a collaborative site specific exhibition. Ada Lovelace (born 1815, died 1852), the daughter of Lord Byron, is recognized today as the first computer programmer. Her interest in mathematics and writing, led to her working with Charles Babbage and his Analytic Engine (considered to be the first mechanical computer). Notes that Lovelace wrote for Babbage, based on a translation of an article by mathematician Luigi Menabrea contained algorithmic properties and are considered to be the first computer program.

Using two-dimensional and dioramic elements to tell her story, passersby are encouraged to interact with the window installation via mobile phone, activating motorized components and audio excerpts from her letters.

1 December 2010 – 3 January 2011 and 1-30 March 2011
Art in the Windows
Mid-Manhattan Library, The New York Public Library
40th Street @ 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

On view day and night. Art in the Windows is curated by Arezoo Moseni
Special thanks to Daniel Belanger, and Catherine White, the voice of Ada.
View Information on New York Public Library website.

Detail of Ada's Shop