Photographic Knitting Club

Aug 02 2020
Aug 22 2020
Aug 24 2020
Sep 25 2020

 ︎ Tutorial 

My work often took place through in-person collaborative workshops or classes on accessible digitizing techniques. As we drew upon virtual networks to mitigate the effect of increasingly restricted borders, many people reached out for ways to create digital objects, or to build virtual sites for mourning and reflection. I thought about how my research and participatory processes could help capture a snippet of this social and technological change.

The project “Photographic Knitting Club” is a response to this emerging reality. Photogrammetry, a 3D reconstruction technique that creates models by stitching 2D images together, serves as a bridge between photography and sculpture, producing worlds that exist half-way between the digital and the physical. Breaking down photogrammetry to small steps, we look at the mechanics of photogrammetry that mimics the strange social structures emerging from how the pandemic interacts with technology and forms new social relationships. The process of stitching multiple perspectives resembles the function of an artist––a knot maker and connector of ideas who produces new knowledge.

The name “Photographic Knitting Club” connotes pleasure in the company of others, communal support, and making something by hand from start to finish. Knitting circles are also a predominantly feminine social space where non-commercial production takes place. In this way, the “Photographic Knitting Club” rejects impersonal use and the regime of proprietary technology that often exploits its users for profit. Knitting itself as a metaphor might also be extended to the necessity of how these activities rearrange new borders and boundaries of gender, class, and identity, nationality. Through a feminist perspective, this tutorial offers a tactile / material / philosophical reflection of the mechanics of 3D scanning.

The output will be distributed as an e-zine.


Meeting no.2

Conducted in person at ONFOTO Studio, Taipei, Taiwan.

工作坊大綱:  認識3D模型的原理,和不同3D掃描技術、運用以及未來展望。
學員嘗試用自己的手機作3D掃描,對攝影製圖術有所認識。

在等待軟體縫製照片時,我們由過程機制、共同創作、以及教學的角度來討論攝影製圖術。在建模結束後,我們討論不同輸出、運用、和展示的可能方式。
學員有機會分享選擇重建的物件,對此技術和工作坊的感想,以及未來應用的想像。