Knotted Time

Knotted Time is a representation of our GPS data in textile form. We are fascinated with the idea that pattern, alongside its decorative function also encodes information. In many traditions of carpet and textile making all over the world, patterns can represent historical, narrative, mythological and familial relationship information.

The information encoded into the carpet is derived from the collection of everywhere we go in our daily lives which we have maintained for well over a decade. Each carpet encodes a year of GPS data. Each line is a day and as there are 72 knots in a line, a knot is 20 minutes. If there is any GPS data within the 20 minute period, the knot is made with black wool. In this way, the pattern produced represents activity outdoors (black wool) vs indoors or no data (white wool).

Knotted Time data rug closeup

Using software Dan wrote to produce a knotting pattern, the carpets have been made by many different people, some of whom participate in the video we made to accompany the installation at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen. We are extremely pleased to be able to contribute this new work to the group exhibition ‘Networking the Unseen’ at the Villa Merkel, curated by Gretta Louw which runs until 4th March 2018.

  • Top of Knotted Time data rug

It is also possible to contribute to the carpets as a visitor to the exhibition. Those unable to visit Esslingen in this time can see the video we made to accompany the work below. As well as those thanked in the video: Ruby Grace Belasco New, Forough Fami, Lucy Powell, Jackie Rogers, Wolf von Kries, Robin Sydney Willscheidt, we would also like to thank Mona Kuschel and Eva Koziol for their invaluable early input.