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.

Workshop No. 012

Conducted virtually.

Joined by artists from Taiwan where social distancing is enforced. The artists included artist Sean Wang and Ta Wei Huang.
Ta Wei Huang
Instruction no.01: “Sunrise”
- Draw where the sun rises every morning
- According to the sun, find the north-west corner of your apartment.
- From that corner, facing south, take photos while walking clockwise.
- Take about 200 photos.
Instruction no.02: “Sonar”
- First, imagine you are a sound wave bouncing back and forth in your room.
- Then, starting from the same north-west corner as in Step 1, walk toward the opposite corner of the room.
- For each small step you take, take one photo.
- Walk 100 steps for 100 photos total.
Instruction no.03: “Wu Xing”
- Identify and draw five items in your room, each representing Wu Xing (five phases): Water, Wood, Fire, Soil, Gold. 
- Go to the Water object, walk around it and take photos from every angle. About 20 photos.
- Once finished, slowly walk toward the direction of the Fire object. For each step you move forward, take one photo.
- Once you arrived at the Fire object, capture the Fire object like we did with the Water object.
- Repeat the above until all five objects are captured.

Sean Wang
Instruction no.01: “Sunrise”
Instruction no.02: “Sonar”
Instruction no.03: “Wu Xing”

Walk “sonar” with Wang, in Ta Wei’s home.