signal to knit

claire williams, 2014/15

The Shipibo create their embroidery while chanting a song which is directly stitched onto a textile. In this way, they embed a musical score in a pattern. Each chant is then read and reinterpreted by a shaman in healing rituals. In the same way the Shipibo use their embroidery to transmit energy by following a specific structure, how can a textile structure or pattern capture surrounding data? In this project, antennas are made using traditional textile techniques. They detect and reveal electro magnetic fields which signal is translated into sound. These inaudible sounds are amplified using an electronic device. The sound is then transmitted to a computer and translated into a knitted spectrogramme on a hacked knitting machine.

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