The installation Oiko-nomic Threads represents a system commenting on the notion of work through the production of a textile.
By means of rethinking, modifying and redefining the functionality of an obsolete knitting machine and using both financial data from the databases of National Manpower Employment Offices and selected patterns inspired by Greek folk art, a textile is generated algorithmically and in real-time. This way, the woven textile is to be understood as both a document of its own making as well as a dynamic base of archival resources which presents a computer-generated interpretation of the original financial data.
Oiko-nomic Threads is a collective project by Marinos Koutsomichalis, Maria Varela and Afroditi Psarra, realized with the support of the National Documentation Center (EKT) in the framework of ‘Creativity: Innovative Models of Production and Access’ (CIMPA) project.
19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, BR (2015); 16th WRO Media Art Biennale, Wrocław, PL (2015); Microsoft Research Studio 99 [textiles only] Seattle, US-WA (2014); Ars Prix Electronica, Future Innovators Summit [textiles only] Linz, AT (2014); Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, BE (2014); Transmediale 14, future past–past future, Berlin, DE (2014); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Afresh, Athens, GR (2013).
Proceedings of International Symposium on Wearable Computers (Seattle, 2014), Subtle Technologies Festival [poster] (Toronto, 2014), Creativity Conference: Open & Economically Sustainable Models of Creative Production, National Documentation Center [talk] (Athens, 2013).