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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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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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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.


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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05 Jun


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Screening Film site

June 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

Screen shot 2014-06-03 at 20.27.00 is finally live.

Screening Film is a free tool for audiences and exhibitors to find and promote film events. For more info follow us at @screeningfilm

Screening Film is a project by Sam Meech (Re-Dock) in collaboration with Interconnect IT. Screening Film ver 1.1 has been made possible thanks to the support of the LJMU Enterprise team ‘DO IT award’.




The site aims to provide audiences with an overview of the diverse film-making and screening culture that exists in their area, and give profile and promotion to all forms of independent film-exhibition, from grass roots events to established cinemas. Screening Film is democratic platform for promoters, organisations and venues – networking independent film screening culture in the UK and making the ecology visible for all.

If you are an independent exhibitor, you can post your film events (simply register an account) and put your screening on the map. Exhibitors include established independent cinemas, film clubs and co-ops, alternative screening events, festivals, libraries, universities, artist spaces and more.

The Screening Film project has evolved from my interest in cinema ecology and models of film exhibition. Whereas in the past I have tried to create screening spaces through the Small Cinema project, with the Screening Film website I am attempting to provide a tool for mapping the film culture that already exists in communities across the UK.


02 Feb


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Knitted Digital Football Scarf @ National Football Museum – 17th Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments


Bringing the knitting to the National Football Museum on 17th February – come along and add your designs to the über scarf. blurb below.


This February Half Term, the National Football Museum are running a series of fantastic, hands-on art activities for young visitors, as part of our ‘Out Of Play’ programme or art, technology and learning.

This Monday, join artist Sam Meech and knitting blackbelt Iris Cooper with their remarkable digital knitting project.

Experiment with pixel art, get hands on with machine knitting, and help us to create a super-long knitted football scarf for the museum.

From a process of drawing to pixel design, before getting hands on with a hacked electronic knitting machine . You’ll be able to take home your pixel artwork design as well as seeing it translated into knitting as part of the final scarf!

02 Feb


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KNITRONICA at the Whitworth Pubcrawl – 23rd Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

An interesting event coming up – a live experiment in a Manchester music venue working with knitting and sound. In truth I’ve not ironed out the finer details of how exactly this will work, but I have faith we should be able to generate some interesting forms, both sonic and textile. I’m delighted as well to be joined by designer Marie Young who is looking at parallels between knitting and the Tenori-on. The event is part of the Whitworth Art Gallery Pub Crawl – a series of arts events in unusual spaces across manchester. The programme launches tonight.


Sunday 23rd Feb at Big Hands Manchester , 1pm – 7pm


A textiles experiment working with live music, sampled sound and knitting machines. A unique ‘band’ comprised of Tenori-on, a macbook, a hacked Brother 950i knitting machine, and possibly a couple of other music making devices, producing cross-over sounds and stitches. Exploring the parallels between punchcards and musical structures, electronic sequencing and the knitted digital image.


A collaboration by:

Sam Meech
Marie Young
Iris Cooper

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02 Feb


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Screening – Film Material Soup #09 – 15th Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

Film-maker and friend Chris Daniels is currently doing a residency at the Newbridge Project in Newcastle. As part of this, he will be showing a selection of films by the Film Material Soup collective. My film Noah’s Ark (TBC) will be part of the programme. Once again, I’m in some fine company.


Film Material Soup #9
‏The Newbridge Project,  12 New Bridge St West,  Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW.
‏17:00 – 19:30 on Saturday 15th February

‏Join us for a free screening of recent works by members of Film Material Soup – an informal collective of Artists working with experimental film, photography, light and video based in Manchester.

Screening as part of Chris Paul Daniels’ residency at the NewBridge Project as part of the Connect/Exchange programme supported by Northern Film + Media this screening has been programmed by Daniels in relation to works that link thematically to his research into ideas of presence, location and identity.

‏Screenings of work on film and video by:
‏Jenny Baines
‏Kelvin Brown
‏Joanna Byrne
‏Annie Carpenter
‏Chris Paul Daniels
‏Joe Duffy
‏Dave Griffiths
‏Ben Gwilliam
‏Jenny Holt
‏Nick Jordan
‏Dave Lynch
‏Sam Meech
‏Mary Stark