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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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12 Dec

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Time & Motion – FACT, Liverpool

December 12, 2013 | By | One Comment

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The Punchcard Economy knitted banner project is in the following exhibition:

Thursday 12 December – Sunday 9 March – FACT, LIVERPOOL

more info on the FACT website

Time & Motion will be the first showing of the completed knitted 888 banner.

 

A Time & Motion Study is a scientific method – developed by Frederick Taylor and later by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth – used to analyse work procedures and determine the most efficient method of operation. This approach has been used extensively in workplaces including factories, hospitals, retail, and banks since the industrial age.

Using this as a starting point, the exhibition Time & Motion will use artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office or local entrepreneurial networking space. As our industrial economy has given way to a service and knowledge economy, producing ideas and experiences rather than artefacts, how have our patterns of day-to-day working life changed? 

 

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15 Sep

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Punchcard Economy

September 15, 2013 | By | One Comment

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Reinterpreting the heritage of NW textile industry, whilst documenting the current experience of the freelance creative, Punchcard Economy is a machine-knitted banner based on the ‘8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest’ slogan coined by Robert Owen of the Eight Hour Day movement.

The design incorporates data collected from a range of ‘workers’ in the digital, creative and cultural industries, auditing contemporary working patterns within the digital economy, and revealing the shift from Owens’ ‘888’ ideal. The final work is produced on a domestic knitting machine using a combination of digital imaging tools and traditional punchcard systems.

You can see the development of  the Punchcard Economy project at www.punchcardeconomy.co.uk

The banner will be on display at FACT as part of the TIME & MOTION show until March.

see also – Worker In ProgressKnitting Digital

 

Some facts about the banner:

  • It measures 5m x 3m
  • It was intended to measure 4.6m x 2.7 m. Clearly the standard tension sq for a 10cmx10cm sample has margin for error at that scale.
  • It is constructed of 9 columns, each with 1270 knitted rows, plus hems
  • The end columns measure 117 stitches per row, and the middle columns 168 stitches per row
  • Thats 1,790,700 stitches altogether
  • The design contains 221 weeks worth of data from 116 participants
  • Thats 5304 hours / stitches to make the basic info-graphic pattern repeat

 

A huge thankyou to everyone who contributed to the design by logging their hours.

Many thanks also to Iris for showing me how to knit, Tim for documenting the process (film will be in the exhibition), Hannah for finishing the final hems, and to Castlefield Gallery for providing me with space to knit

Thanks also to Mark and Andy for installing it today, to Mike, Ana, Emily and Lesley at FACT for supporting the idea so enthusiastically, and to Rob at Interconnect IT for sorting out this cracking website.

Special thanks to Davi Post and his IMG2Track software & tutorial that made it possible to develop the design digitally and send it to the 950i

Thankyou also to Arts Council and National Lottery England for supporting this work and the broader Knitting Digital research project.

 

 

 

 

 

15 Sep

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Punchcard Economy – Worker In Progress

September 15, 2013 | By | One Comment

10am – 6pm, 18th – 22nd September at FACT, Liverpool. I will be working in the FACT Connects space with the knitting machines, showing developments for the Punchcard Economy work, alongside experiments with digital knitting. I will also be trying to sign people up to logging their working hours via the Punchcard Economy website.

Feel free to drop by and see the work, take part in the Punchcard Economy piece, and even have a go yourself on the knitting machines.

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07 May

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Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!

May 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

17th May is the public launch of a new exhibition by Re-Dock, showcasing the Advice Portal project. “Can You See Me? I Can Hear You!” shares our working methodology through video documentation and digital works created with the sheltered housing residents, alongside three new commissions created in response to the project, and developed in consultation with the residents themselves. I’ve been developing a Skype Advice Portal installation for the show, and it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited about it all!

My dad even got roped into the project, and features at the beginning of the trailer below in a homage to the new Man of Steel ‘General Zod’ viral.

The exhibition runs until 2nd June 2013.

28 Dec

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Creatures In Motion

December 28, 2008 | By | One Comment


Back in November I ran a workshop at FACT with artist Wibke Hott, exploring the invention of new creatures. Families dropped by and created drawings, stories, recorded histories, and explored the sounds and movements these new creatures might make. Here I’ve included the strange creature noises and movements that were developed with the images onscreen responding to their sounds and actions.