Project:Binary LOom

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Binary Loom
Date 19:31, 13 November 2014 (PST)



Looms and Computers have many connections. This project aims to investigate how

the thought process for a setting up a Loom and Weaving relate to Computer 

Hardware and Computer programming

any one with ideas on this subject, as pertaining to what materials should be used etc would be greatly welcomed!

Shirley: Basic data storage and computing was originally done with punch cards (IBM's Hollerith machine), starting with the US 1890 census. This technology built on early work in which punch cards were used to control Jacquard weaving patterns on looms. In both cases, the data is preserved in a binary format, in that the hole is there - or not there.

An interesting exploration would be to see how a sequence of binary data, in current encoding structure, would be stored on a weave, in which the number of weft strands corresponds to 8-bit (8 strands), 16-bit (16 strands), 32-bit (32 strands) and 64-bit (64 strand) storage structures. Using early ASCII], full ASCII and later, 2-bitUnicode character encoding, it would be possible to incorporate words and data into a woven work.

Celeste: I was recently browsing the internet and stumbled upon a working artist who does work with binary and weaving, here is his link: link title

he is also a teacher at Harvest works, and this is an example of a class he taught therelink title