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07 Apr


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Flatpack Pics – Knitted Horse in Motion

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Some pics from last week’s knitting performance at Flatpack Festival. The premise – I knit Muybridge’s horse in motion from scratch, and animate it infront of an audience whilst listening to a soundtrack of 7 inch ‘horse’ singles. This is only the third time I’ve performed the piece, and im pleased to say it worked this time (thats 2:1 so far). Final animation below. Many thanks to Reuben from Sculpture (who were absolutely amazing performers in their later set) for handling the horse tunes.

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06 Mar


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Knit RGB Disco

March 6, 2015 | By | One Comment

Pictures from the KNIT RGB DISCO punchcard installation at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, 5th March 2015.

Full flicker album here



The work was originally developed as part of Octopus’s Digital Media Labs residency in Barrow in September 2014. I’ve refined the system a little since then, but the bones of it are essentially the same:

  • a punchcard knitting machine
  • video camera
  • isadora camera tracking patch
  • DMX usb pro and LED par cans

The Geek Bit

The principle is to read each 24 cell punchcard row as a set of binary values. Since 8 binary values can create a total of 255, it means each punchcard row can provide three sets of values ranging from 0-255 – essentially providing any RGB web colour. These values are tracked and sent to the projector and colour changing LED lights, creating a system in which the design impetus is not so much create a knit pattern as to programme the colour space of the room.

As well as using the binary values to control colour, for this iteration I am also experimenting with ways to cue sound samples, as well as record and remix sound generated by the knitting machine. This provides the ‘disco’ element. Again, all this is done using the Isadora visual programming environment.

Knit RGB Disco v1 – Whitworth Gallery from Sam Meech on Vimeo.



01 Mar


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March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

Upcoming Events / Exhibitions / Screenings

05 March 2015, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Knitting RGB Disco installation
29 Jan 2015 — 06 April 2015, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
Punchcard Economy banner installation


Past Events and Screenings
28-31 January 2015 – Transmediale, Berlin
Panel talk – Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
11th December 2014 – Manchester Museum
Noah’s Ark / The Great Flood – screening
14th – 18th November – Staro Riga, Latvia
Video Culture 1.1 installation
more details here
8th November 2014 – Chester Lane Library, St Helens
Libraries in Motion  / Tales & Trails premiere
2nd October 2014 – Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
LUX associates and Film Material Soup screening
details tbc
16th – 19th October 2014 – Kinetica Art Fair, London
8 Hours Labour – Rates for the Job
details tbc
19th – 21st September 2014 – Rogue Studios, Manchester
Film Material Soup – B-sides & rarities – 1st floor
details tbc
18th September 2014 – Federation House, Manchester
10 x 10
details tbc
13th September 2014 – Manchester
SUPERBYTE FESTIVAL – 8 bit knitting workshop
21st June – 30th July 2014  – Lighthouse, Brighton
EXHIBITION – DATA AS CULTURE feat. Punchcard Economy
28th June 2014  – Lighthouse, Brighton
Workshop – machine knitting working hours
from 12th June
now live @
15 / 16 April – National Football Museum
Knitted Football Scarf workshop
more info to follow
27th March – 1st April  – Future Everything, Manchester
EXHIBITION – DATA AS CULTURE feat. Punchcard Economy
24th March 2014 onwards – Open Data Institute, London

12th Dec 2013 to 9 March 2014 – FACT, Liverpool
more info

23rd Feb 2014 – Big Hands, Manchester
(part of the Whitworth Pub Crawl)
performance / workshop – more info

17th Feb 2014 – National Football Museum, Manchester
workshop – more info

15th Feb 2014 – Newbridge Project, Newcastle
screening – more info

Thursday 5th December – 4pm – Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool
more info

Saturday 30th November – Rogue Studios Project Space
more info

Friday 22nd November – 7:30pm, Blankspace, Manchester
more info

Saturday 16th November, 2pm – Grace Room, Hope University
Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival
more info

Friday 15th November, 6:30pm – Cornerhouse, Manchester
a film by Chris Paul Daniels made for the Virgin40 exhibition
more info

01 Mar


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Knitting RGB Disco at Whitworth – 5th March

March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

6pm – 8pm, Thursday 5th March, Whitworth Art g/allery, Manchester

I will be showing a new machine knitting installation as part of Thursday lates. Come along and help me programme lights and sound using the punchcard mechanism.

more info here

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01 Mar


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in progress – Liverpool Small Cinema

March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

I’m currently creating a new Small Cinema in Liverpool. read more about it here.

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01 Mar


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Exhibition: Punchcard Economy at HKW

March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

The Punchcard Economy project and banner is part of the Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. The show was launched as the guest exhibition as part of Transmediale 2015, where I also was able to do a machine knitting workshop exploring some the methods and concepts behind the banner. The show also features work by Tuur Van Balen & Revital Cohen, Ellie Harrison, Tehching Hsieh and Oliver Walker.

The exhibition runs from 29 Jan – 6 April 2015

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14 Nov


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Artists and Archive Film Screening – THE GREAT FLOOD – plus NOAH’S ARK

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Thursday 11th December 7pm – 9pm
in the Living World Gallery at Manchester Museum

Artists and Archive Film Screening
with live poetic narration from Nathan Jones (Mercy)

tickets £5

Manchester Museum in association with Bigger Picture Film Festival present a programme of artist films using archive footage and live performance.

THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013, 78 minutes)

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer / guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

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NOAH’S ARK (Sam Meech, 2010, 23 mins)

Commissioned as part of a residency at the North West Film Archive for AND Festival, Noah’s Ark uses only films from the archive collection to retell this classic tale of preservation. The film relocates the story to the North West – with Noah and his congregation based in a church in Hulme, the animals in Belle Vue Zoo, and Mount Ararat now a seaside town near Blackpool. The film will be presented in the Living Worlds gallery (which also features in the piece) with a live performance from poet Nathan Jones of Mercy.


14 Nov


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Video Culture 1.1 @ Staro Riga Festival of Light 14 – 18 Nov

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

vid culture install testVideo Culture 1.1 installation at Staro Riga Festival of Light. A projection-mapped video installation developed using generative feedback systems, lasers and isadora and masks modelled on the Art Academy Lativa.

This is the first proper manifestation of an idea that’s been rattling around me head for 4/5 years, and that I began to prototype recently at Digital Media Labs in Barrow.

Video Culture 1.1 presents recordings of several experiments using live systems to ‘grow’ video feedback. Using a combination of lasers and colour tracking systems, the artist has cultivated 3 independent but competing strands of analogue video feedback, allowing them to evolve before our eyes. These feedback experiments have been modelled on the geometry of the facade of the Art Academy of Latvia, with the final recordings projected back on to the building itself.

18 Jun


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Data As Culture + Workshop at Lighthouse Brighton

June 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

The Punchcard Economy project will be touring with the Data As Culture exhibition to Lighthouse in Brighton.

The show opens on 21st June and runs till 2oth July.

As with the ODI show, the venue is again too small to showacse the full banner, however, an ‘8 Hours Labour‘ sample banner containing the same dataset has been knitted especially for the Brighton venue.

I will be running  a machine knitting workshop as part of the show, on Saturday 28th June – if you’re based in Brighton and would like to knit your working week and a punchcard pattern repeat, then visit the Lighthouse site to sign up.

see some images of the workshop at Future Everything

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