Symposium: Threads and Codes

Scan10006Threads and Codes Symposium at Goldsmiths, London, March 6th 2015
Research symposium: Threads and Codes

Time: 10am-6pm
Venue: 137 Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Register online (by 1st March):
Price: £7 (£5 concessions), including lunch.

The Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves project explores the practices of weaving and computer programming together, considering both looms and computers as algorithmic environments for creative work with pattern.

The connection between computing and the Jacquard loom is well known, but the project researchers want to go deeper in history and philosophy, to investigate traditional work with threads for its digital nature, including the genesis of discrete mathematics in ancient looms.

This will provide an unravelling of contemporary technology, finding an alternative account of computer programming with its roots in arts and craft. On this basis this symposium will investigate contemporary theoretical points where textile and code-based crafts connect.

All interested researchers and practitioners are warmly invited to join the project for Threads and Codes, an all-day symposium which will consist of diverse talks and panels exploring the above topics, co-organised by Dr Ellen Harlizius-Klück (International co-investigator), Dr Alex McLean (principal investigator) and Prof Janis Jefferies (project partner). The results of the symposium will feed into a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.
Confirmed speakers
Flavia Carraro, Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen
Emma Cocker, Nottingham Trent University
Karen Gaskill, Crafts Council
Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen
Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ebru Kurbak, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Alex McLean, University of Leeds
Simon Yuil, Goldsmiths, University of London
Theo Wright, Designer and Weaver, Coventry

The full programme will be updated full soon.

Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves is a Digital Transformations project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. For more information on the project, see

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