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Penelope

How can we make tools that help understand the ancient weaver's mind? How she calculated and solved the first recorded mathematical proofs, embedding them in pattern. How do certain forms of technology define our relationship with the world? For the Greeks of antiquity, weaving was the fundamental link to the cosmos. Today we use computational structures to reason about ourselves and our society, our CPUs replicating the pattern manipulating circuits that link them with the textile technology they were originally built from.

The Penelope project is a 5 year ERC research project by Ellen Harlizius-Kluck with Flavia Carraro, Giovanni Fanfani and Alex McLean alongside FoAM Kernow. Our role is to construct citizen science exhibits for exhibition at the Deutches Museum in Munich, the worlds largest science and technology museum and the nearby Munich Museum for Plaster Casts of classical sculptures. Our mission will include designing and constructing tangible programming systems for livecoding looms and new forms of robotic weavers that will be able to manipulate ancient loom technology. 

This project follows on from our 2015 Weaving Codes:Coding Weaves project where we investigated building new forms of hardware, making tangible programming interfaces, taking the long view on technology and investigating other digitally based societies, such as the Inca with their Quipu knot databases.

Additional funding for Penelope has been provided by the Cultivator Skills Development Programme (the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council).

Weaving Codes

What happens when we apply a five-thousand-year-long view of technology to programming? What are the parallels between investigations into weaving as thought and livecoding ...

Future Thinking for Social Living

Future Thinking for Social Living is a collaboration between researchers at Falmouth University and independent research organisation Foam Kernow and residents and staff at ...

Flotsam

An exploration into screen-less programming languages for teaching children programming, explaining the complexities of weaving, and livecoding performances. Recently featured on the Adafruit blog ...

Future Thinking for Social Living

Future Thinking for Social Living is a collaboration between researchers at Falmouth University and independent research organisation Foam Kernow and residents and staff at ...

Flotsam

An exploration into screen-less programming languages for teaching children programming, explaining the complexities of weaving, and livecoding performances. Recently featured on the Adafruit blog ...

Pattern Matrix

The pattern matrix is a tangible weavecoding system for exploring the connections between code and weave. Developed as part of the AHRC funded weavecoding ...

Pattern Matrix

The pattern matrix is a tangible weavecoding system for exploring the connections between code and weave. Developed as part of the AHRC funded weavecoding ...

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Coding with Knots

In this paper we explore new ways to approach understanding of the mysterious Precolumbian quipus, using both visual and sonic ...

Textility of Code: A Catalogue of Errors

This article presents a series of informal experiments in software and weaving, most of which were conducted as part of ...

How to design a tangible programming language – Pattern Matrix at Algomech (part 2)

Once we acknowledge that weaving and programming are part of the same technological timeline, we can begin to look at ...

Pattern Matrix at Algomech (part 1)

I'm writing this on the train with a slightly sleep deprived brain fizzing and popping from thoughts, ideas and ...

Pattern Matrix V2 report

We've been busy making a new tangible interface – the Pattern Matrix is part of the ERC Penelope project, which ...

Technology after Collapse

The philosophy underlying contemporary 'seamless' technology production seems to be one of endless energy, bountiful resources and waste being someone ...

Pattern Matrix PCBs arrived & first tests

After triple checking the schematics and design files and ordering 80 PCBs (50 sensors and 30 i2c boards) there was ...

Pattern Matrix 2

A few weeks ago we kicked off the new Penelope project, one of our first jobs was to deliver the ...

Penelope: a new 4 year weaving project

In 2015 the "Weaving Codes:Coding Weaves" project was a chance to investigate a whole bunch of new things: building ...