First experimentations with a hacked knitting machine and non-binary manifestos.

[Made in collaboration with ︎Ellen Jonsson.]

︎work: Knitted_By_Data
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When does data become information?

“The organisation of information actually creates the information and it changes the pat- tern of understanding.” Richard Saul Wurman, Why Design Now

Data are simply facts or figures — bits of information, but not information itself. When data are processed, interpreted, organized, structured or presented so as to make them meaningful or useful, they are called information. Information provides context for data.

Textiles and computers have a long relationship.
Punched cards were first used around 1725 by Basile Bouchon and Jean-Baptiste Falcon as a more robust form of the perforated paper rolls then in use for controlling textile looms in France.The invention of the Jacquard loom by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801 is said to be the ancestor of computers. This because of it’s capability to pro- gramme a pattern using punched hole cards with a binary system of hole, no hole or 0 and 1.

What happens when a male dominant activity such as the digital skill of coding/hacking comes together with a stereotypically female activity such as knitting?

In what ways and in what extent can we pursue a mix of old and new technologies?

What new perspective will the hybrid outcomes give us on design and communication?

With this project we want to challenge the distinction between design and craft, the latter discarded as a lower level of the first one and we want to experiment with a possible mixture of the two and explore how design can benefit from that.