What happens when senses are cross-wired in the brain? Can data convey
different meanings when interpreted as a purely visual object? What other
ways of interpreting a single piece of data could there be?
This is what the TK Series attempts to explore.
This summer I have been working on an amazing project together with Anja Hertenberger,
Ricardo O' Nascimento &
Meg Grant. We were invited by V2_ to do a Summer Session, which means you get six weeks to work out your idea into a working prototype. In our case the idea was to create a
knitting typewriter from scratch.
I am still amazed we realized this idea! To make it we hacked a scanner, two electronic typewriters and a knitting machine. We invented new mechanical parts, wrote software, fooled around with motors and designed a lasercutted case.
In short: the TK 730 converts a word into a black and grey knitwork. The machine contains a needle bed, every letter in the alphabet has a needle. If you type a word the machine alphabetises it and transforms these letters into black stitches. If a letter is not in your word it will become a grey stitch.
Expo[re]view was one of the 'Festivalvangers' during Into the Great Wide Open!
The resulting videos were placed on the mash-up site of the festival.
This was also the first possibility to try out the new version of my tie. I am happy to tell that everything was working well and the reactions of visitors were positive.
Expo[re]view was also one of the projects at Witte de With, during festival Wereld van Witte de With.
On the left the guidelines for festival
Into the Great Wide Open
and on the right the guidelines for festival
De Wereld van Witte de With.
At the moment I am attending an Arduino & Electronics workshop at my former school. This because I want to customize
the spycams which I am using for Expo[re]view.
The first stap is to place the camera inside the tie and extend the standby/record button so it is possible for the visitor to control the recording. The battery & microphone will also be replaced for a better one.
And it is also time to think over the design and materials of the ties..
From December to June 2010, visitors of Witte de With will encounter a playful and
empowering communication device: Expo[re]view by Leonie Urff, originally developed as her graduation project
for the Master Media Design/Networked Media at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.
Expo[re]view allows people to record and share their own personal experience and stories about artworks in an exhibition, wearing an oversize tie that bears a small video camera. At this moment, the resulting videos are all related to the Morality exhibitions and collected on their website.
For the result and more information: Witte de With
Besides on the Morality webplatform, the resulting videos are also presented on the platform I initially created for Expo[re]view. Click on the picture below to see, or go for more information about this platform to work