Weaving has always been associated with hard domestic work and holds a considerable place in the course of Greek tradition. In the preindustrial era, the loom played a key role in domestic economics and later, only a few decades ago, the knitting machine was associated with domestic revolution. In both cases, the weaving is a symbol which underlines domestic production as a core element of development.
The installation Oiko-nomic Threads represents a system commenting on the notion of work through the production of a textile. By rethinking and redefining the functionality of an obsolete knitting machine and rendering it part of a new system, the creation of a real time textile is made possible. Its decoration emerges from the data visualization of Manpower Employment Offices databases, using selected patterns inspired by Greek folk art.
The installation Oiko-nomic Threads refers to the production methodology and creates conditions to keep the weaving process accessible and contemporary. Woven as its product becomes an active base of archival resources.
Oiko-nomic Threads is a collective project by Marinos Koutsomichalis, Afroditi Psarra and Maria Varela realized with the support of the National Documentation Center (EKT) in the framework of ‘Creativity: Iinnovative Models of Production and Access’ (CIMPA) project and exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST.
Blog Posts on Oiko-nomic Threads
Photo documentation Aggeliki Hatzi, Grimius Inevitabilis.
Variable: approximately 7m x 3m x 2m.
Knitting machine (Brother kh-950i), micro-controller, programming (c++), computer, 2 screens, wires, threads, open financial data, computer-generated imagery, performer
TETRAMATYKA Festival, National Academy of Fine Arts, Lviv, UA (2017); curators Anton Lapov, Anastasia Nechiporenko | 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, BR (2015); curator Solange Farkas | 16th WRO Media Art Biennale, Wrocław, PL (2015); curator Dominika Kluszczyk | Ars Prix Electronica, Future Innovators Summit [textiles only] Linz, AT (2014); curator Hideaki Ogawa | No country for young men, Curator Katerina Gregos, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, BE (2014); | Transmediale 14, future past–past future, curator Sandra Naumann Berlin, DE (2014); | National Museum of Contemporary Art, Afresh, curators Daphne Dragona, Daphne Vitali, Tina Pandi, Athens, GR (2013)
Thanos Eleftherakos, Knitic, Daphne Dragona, Tina Pandi, Daphne Vitali, Prodromos Tsiavos, Aggeliki Hatzi, Foni Peponoula, Manolis Brother