In the second installment of our RealTalk Discussion Series, InterAccess favourite David McCallum comes all the way from Sweden to fill us in on theories he's been developing regarding computational thinking and crafts.
Why does knitting feel like writing software?
Crafts and computation occupy starkly different places in culture. Computers and technology are seen as sophisticated and worthy of our money and attention; crafts are often seen as quite the opposite. But the structures underlying textile crafts share more with computation than is immediately obvious.
David McCallum has come to believe that textile crafts and computation are not just strongly-related activities, they are siblings created by human intellect. They are dialects of the same languages. They are expressions of a fossil idea, the human need to organise and systematize, and the ways in which humans go about creating these orders and systems. Grid and algorithms are expressions of some deeper structures in the way humans think. Crafts and computation are the sound of these needs expressing themselves.
David McCallum will talk about his PhD work exploring the intersections of craft and computation in the Digital Representation programme at the faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden.
This seminar is free for all attendees as part of InterAccess' RealTalk Discussion Series.
A follow-up workshop led by McCallum will be held on July 7 teaching nerds to knit and cross-stitch.
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