︎ BERLIN 2022

Codes in Knots

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.”
Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

“Codes in Knots” is a project investigating the relation of precolonial textile-based information technology and modern-day digital design. Based on the observation, that in many pre-colonial cultures, textiles have been used to store and transmit data and information, the project aims at a transfer of such technology into the digital age, thereby creating connections between precolonial and modern-day knowledge systems.

This project reflects on the complex methods of communication and coordination of human activities through artifacts in general and textiles in particular, exploring the potential of digital tools to create meaningful objects.

Video by Timo Ott