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Punchcard Economy

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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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.

http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/data-as-culture

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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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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04 Nov

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Crystallize – KBEE 4-6 November

November 4, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

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I’ll be showing work in development from both the Knitting Digital and Punchcard Economy projects at the Korean Brand and Entertainment Expo in London. I’ll have my knitting machines there and showcasing some knitted animations and date visualisations. Other UK artists exhibiting include Dave Lynch, David Ogle, Gina Czarnecki, and Daniel Rourke and Kyoung Kim of  GLTICH KARAOKE. Oh yeah, and PSY is upstairs at the main event as a hologram.

read a press release here.

 

4 – 6 November

Old Billingsgate

London

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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