Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stitching Code at the National Museum of Computing 2011

Patchworkers, programmers, embroiderers, editors, steampunks, hackers, crafters and coders are warmly invited to stitch the term 'Code' as part of the Embroiderd Digital Commons project.

We will be meeting at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park between 1-4pm on:
Saturday 26th February, 2011
Saturday March 26th, 2011
Saturday April 9th, 2011

You don't need to have any previous sewing experience, and we'll provide all the materials, as well as the essential tea urn and biscuits.

The Bletchley Park Museum is open from 10.30am in the morning if you want to make a day of it. The National Museum of Computing is on the same site, and opens at 1pm. If you arrive at 1pm - just go to the main gate and ask for the embroidery workshop at the Museum.

Please note that Ada Lovelace Day has been moved to October 7th this year, so we'll be celebrating at Bletchley Park on Saturday October 8th with a film screening and discussion. Watch this blog for further information.

For further information see:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Embroidered Digital Commons at Access Space

The Embroidered Digital Commons at Access Space in Sheffield is well on its way.

They've set a fantastic blog documenting the process, with great photos of the embroidery in progress and notes about the conversations taking place whilst stitching. Here's the full text they are embroidering:

"Kernel: The core of a work or an idea. The central rescension, of a narrative, a code, a set of signs or any other structure that invites modification, extrapolation and interpretation, by its very presence. Here, the term core must not be confused with 'origin' or with any other attributions of originality, which mean little within an open access system. It is almost impossible to determine the origins of a code, because the deeper we go into the constitutive elements of a code, the more it branches out to a series of nodes within and outside a given system of signs. It is more meaningful to talk of the 'custody', rather than the 'origin' of any system of signs. A kernel is often the custodian of a line of ideas that represents within itself a momentarily unique configuration. Kernels embody materials in states of intense concentration. This is because they have to encapsulate a lot of information, or nourishment, or structure building materials, within very limited dimensions. The density of information within a kernel is a key to its own extensibility. The more the thread that is rolled into a tight ball, the more it can be unwound. Kernels, by their limitedness and compactness, are portable, not cumbersome. As in the kernels of certain fruits, they may be hard to crack, but once they have been opened, they yield delicious and nourishing stuff. Kernels lend themselves to easy reproduction, but are fragile and often in need of protection. This protection may also come in the form of an outer layer of interpretation, which states the purposes and nature of the kernel, so that it is not prised open to answer every basic query about itself."
(Raqs Media Collective, 2003)