This 3D animation was commissioned by artist Simon Starling for an installation at the MAC/VAL Paris. The exhibit shows the world's first freely programmable computer to use boolean logic and binary floating point numbers while reading a program -the perforated film strip- into its registers.
The Z1, created by Konrad Zuse in 1936, had an instruction set and floating point logic. Built in his parents' Berlin apartment, the unit was destroyed during bombing raids in 1943.
The finished exhibit used 35mm film to project the animation in a continuous loop with a synthetic soundtrack, thus depicting the computer recreating itself by means of its programming medium.