[NetBehaviour] Threads and Codes symposium, Goldsmiths, London, 6th March

alex alex at slab.org
Tue Feb 3 12:52:03 CET 2015

Symposium: Threads and Codes

10am-6pm, 6th March 2015
£7 (£5 concessions), including lunch.
137 Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Register online (by 1st March): http://is.gd/threadscodes

The Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves project explores the practices of
weaving and computer programming together, considering both looms and
computers as algorithmic environments for creative work with pattern.
The connection between computing and the Jacquard loom is well known,
but we want to go deeper in history and philosophy, to investigate
traditional work with threads for its digital nature, including the
genesis of discrete mathematics in ancient looms. This will provide an
unravelling of contemporary technology, finding an alternative account
of computer programming with its roots in arts and craft. On this
basis this symposium will investigate contemporary theoretical points
where textile and code-based crafts connect.

All interested researchers and practitioners are warmly invited to
join us for Threads and Codes, an all-day symposium which will consist
of diverse talks and panels exploring the above topics, co-organised
by Dr Ellen Harlizius-Klück (International co-investigator), Dr Alex
McLean (principal investigator) and Prof Janis Jefferies (project
partner). The results of the symposium will feed into a special issue
of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.

Confirmed speakers so far:

* Flavia Carraro, Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen
* Emma Cocker, Nottingham Trent University
* Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen
* Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, University of London
* Ebru Kurbak, University of Arts and Industrial Design, Linz
* Alex McLean, University of Leeds
* Simon Yuil, Goldsmiths, University of London
* Theo Wright, Designer and Weaver, Conventry

We will update our website with the full programme soon.

Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves is a Digital Transformations project
funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. For more
information on the project, see http://kairotic.org/

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