Photographic Knitting Club

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 ︎ 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.

2021/01/15 - 2021/01/29
The Wonderful Creepiness

靜慮藝廊 | 100台北市中正區晉江街124號

Jinglü Gallery  |  No.124, Jinjiang St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan

Lecture and workshop conducted virtually. A step by step tutorial on photogrammetry and structured light scanning is available here.

Two-channel video installation, full HD, color, sound, 8 mins 12 secs, dimension varies.

Left: Aligned photos and mesh generated in photogrammetry software. Photo capture by Andrew Cerrito.

Right: Data portrait and capture path calculated from workshop participant Andrew Cerrito’s captures.

Archival pigment prints on photo paper, 20x12.5cm, 20x27cm.

Data portrait (left) and hand-drawn illustrations (right) by workshop participants Caroline Valansi, Brain Hart, Caroline Sinders, Taline Balian, Ozoz Sokoh, Olha Pryymak, Choterina Freer, and Nisha Desai.

2020. Archival pigment prints on photo paper. 20x27cm, 20x27cm.
This first Photographic Knitting Club meeting was conducted virtually, joined by artists from NY and SF where social distancing is enforced. The artists included Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya, Renata Gaui (both Tangible Code instructors), Pamela Liou (an open source loom creator), Rena Anakwe (an artist who works with sound, visuals, and scent), and Windy Chien (an artist who works with knots).

Archival pigment prints on photo paper, marker on transparent films, 297 x 420cm.