Photographic Knitting Club (ongoing)

Before the pandemic, my research on the practice of reciprocity often took place through in-person collaborative workshops or classes on accessible 3D scanning techniques or affordable immersive media. As we drew upon virtual networks to mitigate the effect of increasingly restricted borders, many people reached out to me for ways to create digital objects to capture a snippet of this social and technological change, or to rebuild virtual sites for mourning and reflection. I thought about how my research and participatory processes could help preserve this paradigm shift.

The project “Photographic Knitting Club” is a response to this emerging reality. Photogrammetry, a 3D reconstruction technique that creates models by stitching 2D images together, serves as a bridge between photography and sculpture, producing worlds that exist half-way between the digital and the physical. Breaking down photogrammetry to small steps, we will look at the pattern and mechanics of photogrammetry that mimics the strange social structures emerging from how the pandemic interacts with technology and forms new social relationships. The process of stitching multiple perspectives resembles the function of an artist––a knot maker and connector of ideas who produces new knowledge.

Thinking anthropologically and pedagogically, this project takes advantage of photogrammetry’s aggregated perspective and relative accessibility to question notions of authorship. The project also plays with the medium’s demand for precision to create new metaphors for technological progress. The output will be distributed as an e-zine hosted on a web browser, with supporting text and embedded 3D models, as well as documentations from participatory experiences I conducted before and during the pandemic.

The name “Photographic Knitting Club” connotes pleasure in the company of others, communal support, and making something by hand from start to finish. Knitting circles are also a predominantly feminine social space where non-commercial production takes place. In this way, the “Photographic Knitting Club” rejects  impersonal use and the regime of proprietary technology that often exploits its users for profit. Knitting itself as a metaphor might also be extended to the necessity of how these activities rearrange new borders and boundaries of gender, class, and identity, nationality. Through a feminist perspective, this tutorial offers a tactile / material / philosophical reflection of the mechanics of 3D scanning. We will trace the movement of the eyes and body over time, map our interconnectivity in this shared fragile time and space, and look beyond the representational smoothness of 3D models.

View Documentation from the first meeting


衍伸自「編織」的意象,這個計畫試圖建構起關懷、DIY、非商業性、一個女性取向的社會空間想像。提倡以人人皆可使用的、非資本剝削的方式使用科技,重新定位性別、階級、身份、國籍的界線。攝影製圖術使物件本身跳脫原本完整具體的外表,成為連結照片與雕塑的過渡,在工作坊中,參與者們將使用攝影藉由多重角度的照片,縫製出一個非精確的、虛實交錯的世界。除了技術本身,藝術家也將帶領參與者藉由攝影製圖過程討論觀看的方式,以及「創新科技」、「沈浸式媒介 」、「科技進步」淺在的問題與新可能。

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