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Ebru Kurbak / Mahir M. Yavuz: Newsknitter

Ebru Kurbak / Mahir M. Yavuz: Newsknitter

While the generative potential of knitting should be obvious (it has pixels, it follows rules), a new project by Turkish artists Ebru Kurbak and Mahir Yavuz shows the full computational potential of the medium: Newsknitter combines computerized knitting technology with live internet feeds to produce the ultimate in customized sweaters. Using the daily news as a data source, a software generates different visualizations which are then finalized as patterns ready for knitting.

Newsknitter will be shown at the Ars Electronica festival this week as part of their Campus 2.0 exhibition at Kunstuniversität Linz. On display will be 10 unique sweaters generated by the Newsknitter software. The sweaters were produced at TETAS Tekstil in Istanbul, using Shima Seiki knitting hardware.

The Newsknitter web site does not indicate whether custom garments will eventually be for sale, even though it would seem an obvious extension of the project. Too bad the daily news typically makes for a grim way to commemorate one’s birthday or other significant date.

For a different take on generative knitting, see this old post: Freddie Robins: How to make a piece of work when you’re too tired to make decisions.

[Link via pöfmagazine]

10 Responses to “Informative fashion: Newsknitter”
1. Newsknitter – today and tomorrow, September 4th, 2007 at 20:09

[...] I think that its name says it all: Newsknitter. Found @ Generator.x art, design, fashion, physical computing [...]

2. A better tomorrow - Blog » Blog Archive » Newsknitter, September 5th, 2007 at 16:09

[...] Datenvisualisierung finde ich ein extrem spannendes Gebiet gerade in Kombination mit Design oder Kunst. Bei Generator X bin ich ein Projekt namens Newsknitter gestoßen. Sehr sehr geil was man mit dieser Webtechnik anstellen kann!! Da kommen mr gleich zig Ideen. Ich hab die Leute von Newsknitter direkt angeschrieben, um mehr Infos zu bekommen. Da läßt sich doch bestimmt was für A-B-T zaubern. :-) [...]

3. Newsknitter | Craft Blog, September 6th, 2007 at 15:09

[...] The sweaters will be part of the Ars Electronica festival this week. – [via] Link. [...]

4. huseyin, September 7th, 2007 at 14:09

çok başarılı olmuş emegine
bigine,düşüncene,azmine,ve kararlılıgına çok teşekkürler dilegiyle başarıların devamını ve bizim övünç kaynagımız olmaya devamını dilerim .

5. düğümküme » Blog Archive » Kıyafetler Haberlerle Örüldü, September 17th, 2007 at 05:09

[...] Ebru Kurbak ve Mahir M. Yavuz tarafından geliştirilen NewsKnitter (”Haber Örücü”) internetten okuduğu günlük haberleri analiz edip kazak üzerinde örüntü olarak gösteriyor. Bu yılki Ars Electronica festivalinde en çok konuşulan projelerden biri NewsKnitter. Projeden 10 parça kazak festival boyunca Campus 2.0′da sergileniyor. [...]

6. /blog » Blog Archive » Newsknitter Generative Knitting, November 2nd, 2007 at 16:11

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7. generative strategies in art and design « Amul’s Digital Life?, December 21st, 2007 at 04:12

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