Saturday, October 31, 2015

Textile Networks at Radical New Cross

The Embroidered Digital Commons continues! This autumn we're excited to be working with Rose Sinclair to consider how textiles shape communities before and after the internet at the Textile Networks as part of the 'Radical New Cross' festival taking place at Goldsmiths College, London.

We are inviting people to come and stitch the term 'Data' as part of the Embroidered Digital Commons, and take part in a public discussion about textile networks. Designer Rose Sinclair will lead a discussion on Dorcas societies of the 1950–60s, which brought together Caribbean women through textiles and acted as networks for social and economic change. The untold oral stories of Dorcas society members will be told through an accompanying installation. Ele Carpenter will introduce the Embroidered Digital Commons project and invite a collective reading and stitching of the term data.

Saturday 14th November,
1.15 - 4pm in St James Church at the end of St James's road in New Cross:
St James Hatcham Building, New Cross, St James’s, SE14 6NW

All crafters, makers, coders, hackers, artists, programmers, and stitchers are welcome! 
The event is free, but you need to book here: http://beinghumanfestival.org/event/textile-networks/

Here's the text we will be embroidering:

"Data: Information. Can mean anything from numbers to images, from white noise to noise to sound. A weather report, a portrait, a shadow in surveillance footage, a salary statement, birth and death statistics, a headcount in a gathering of friends, private e-mail, ultra high frequency signals, sale and purchase transactions and the patterns made by pedestrians as they walk in a city - all of this can be and is data. Data, like coal, uranium and other minerals vital to the running of the world economy is mined, processed, refined and sold at a high price. Battlefields, early twenty first century inter-personal relationships and stock exchanges have been known to be hypersensitive to data traffic. Data mining is a major emerging industry in Delhi. The miners lead very quiet days, and spend long nights coding in low temperature zones called "Data Outsourcing Centres".

Contrarily, the word 'Data' (dãtã) in Hindi/Sanskrit is taken to mean "giver", which suggests that one must always be generous with information, and make gifts of our code, images and ideas. To be stingy with data is to violate an instance of the secret and sacred compacts of homophonic words from different cultural/spatial orbits ('dãtã' in Hindi and 'data' in English) as they meet in the liminal zone between languages, in the thicket of the sound of quotidian slips of the tongue. Errors in transmission and understanding too carry gifts and data."
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Raqs Media Collective (2003). ‘A Concise Lexicon Of/For the Digital Commons’, Sarai Reader 03: Shaping Technologies, ed. Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ravi Vasudevan, Ravi Sundaram + Geert Lovink. Sarai-CSDS Delhi / WAAG Amsterdam, 2003.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Eye of the Needle: Art, Stitch, Partnerships and Protest

Ele Carpenter will be taking part in this panel discussion around art, stitch, partnerships and protest on Monday 13th July at the British Library alongside Cornelia Parker's embroidery of the Magna Carta Wikipedia page.

Cornelia Parker examines stitching as an expression of belonging and a vehicle for change
Throughout history people have employed needle and thread to create objects that have played an important role in signalling allegiance and stimulating discussion about rights, responsibilities and freedoms. Sue Prichard, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum chairs a panel of artists, including Cornelia Parker, makers and experts to examine stitching as an expression of belonging and a vehicle for change.
- See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/eye-of-the-needle-art-stitch-partnerships-and-protest#sthash.g2IBzDB5.dpuf
More info at:
Cornelia Parker examines stitching as an expression of belonging and a vehicle for change
Throughout history people have employed needle and thread to create objects that have played an important role in signalling allegiance and stimulating discussion about rights, responsibilities and freedoms. Sue Prichard, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum chairs a panel of artists, including Cornelia Parker, makers and experts to examine stitching as an expression of belonging and a vehicle for change.
- See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/eye-of-the-needle-art-stitch-partnerships-and-protest#sthash.g2IBzDB5.dpufMore info at
http://www.bl.uk/events/eye-of-the-needle-art-stitch-partnerships-and-protest

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EDC 2015

The Embroidered Digital Commons is in the last year of production!  A surge of enthusiasm from stitchers and makers around the world is helping to complete the whole lexicon. Here's a link to Mike Cummins patch as part of the term 'Liminal' co-ordinated by the wonderful Brenda Burrell.
 

LIMINAL
"Interstitial, vestibular and peripheral. Far from the centre, close to the border. A zone both between and without larger structures. Liminal spaces and moments are those into which large stable structures leak animated data about themselves and the world. Things happen in liminal zones. A city carries within it the contradiction of liminal zones located in its centre, because inner cities are the city's farthest borderlands. Liminal fringes are often the most conducive environments for the culture of memes. This is because exiled images, ideas and meanings from several stable structures mingle in the corridors between them. Here, bereft of identities and other certainties, they are free to be promiscuous and reproduce. They infect each other with recombinant strands of thought and image. At the same time, the perspective of liminality brings intimacy to bear on an exclusion. Being liminal is to be close to, and yet stand outside the site of the border of any stable system of signs, where meaning is frayed from being nibbled at on the edges. Nothing can know the centre better than the sideways glance of peripheral vision. Liminality may be acquired from prolonged exposure to the still air of airport departure lounges, thick and over-boiled tea at the Inter State Bus Terminus on the ring road in Delhi, or the sub-liminal flicker of a cursor in an e-mail message."  (Raqs Media Collective)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Yan Tan Tethera

Yan Tan Tethera is a brand new English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) commission, curated by sonic visual artist David Littler. Set to take over Cecil Sharp House – and spilling into the local Camden area – this inspirational project celebrates the wonderful wealth of textile songs in England.David will bring together a season of performances, events and workshops, as well as an exhibition, which will explore the rich vein of folk songs and dances that have emanated from, and been inspired by, England’s textiles industry. Exploring, sharing and bringing to life songs about roving hecklers, doffing mistresses, croppers, mowers and drunken tailors.

Surprising and thought provoking, contemporary and historic, this collaborative project involves an impressive group of artists including Freddie Robins, Shane Waltener, Prick Your Finger, Stewart Easton, Celia Ward, the McGrath Makers’ Group, and artists from the collective sampler-cultureclashJason Singh, Hector MacInnes, Anne Martin and Aimée Leonard. Together they will create the exhibition pieces and shape the associated season of events.


The project culminates in a live performance from sonic arts collective sampler-cultureclash as they unite Gaelic song with spinners, weavers and knitters, and traditional and electronic musicians in an exploration of things that spin.

May to Sept 2014 at Cecil Sharp House. London.
http://www.efdss.org/