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A study of weaving as technical mode of existence

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Project "PENELOPE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Museumsinsel 1
postcode: 80538

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙943˙771 €
 EC max contribution 1˙943˙771 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-12-01   to  2021-11-30


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 Project objective

The PENELOPE project builds on the hypothesis that there was a significant but tacit contribution of textile technology involved in the advent of science in ancient Greece. Bruno Latour recently claimed that technologies require an original mode of existence that accounts for their particular form of detour. I agree and propose the technological labyrinth of threads in weaving as a paradigm for this mode. In contrast to the well-known but insufficient idea of hylemorphism (a form/idea applied to material) I suggest the concept of penemorphism (a co-existence of shifting and un-shifting threads, 'pene' in Greek) that enables to describe the integration of various levels and elements that are included in each and every technology, especially the digital ones. I focus in theory and practice on the technological principles of ancient weaving. In archaic Greece, we find a veridiction, a very particular way of telling the truth in weaving terms that is hidden behind the relations of metaphor and concept or mythos and logos. I detect this veridiction in all sorts of ancient texts, be they philosophical, poetical, mythographic, cosmological, or mathematical. Ancient weaving contains framing features that are lost in modern clothing technology but were decisive for their use as a model of cosmic order. For this investigation I set up a PENELOPEan laboratory where I 1. Detect the models and topologies of weaves (ancient and modern) 2. Develop codes to make them virtually explorable, and 3. Compare different types of coding and their scope with regard to their dependence on specific systems. The laboratory work is accompanied by a comparative investigation of archaic Greek texts, a selective investigation of scientific theories that employ concepts analogous to my weaving paradigm, and an anthropological investigation of the relation of codes, notations and conditions for the development of notation systems.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Harlizius-Klück, Ellen
Weaving as Binary Art and the Algebra of Patterns
published pages: 176-197, ISSN: 1475-9756, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3342554
TEXTILE Cloth and Culture 15/2 2019-08-30
2017 Ellen Harlizius-Klück
Weaving as Binary Art and the Algebra of Patterns
published pages: 176-197, ISSN: 1475-9756, DOI: 10.1080/14759756.2017.1298239
TEXTILE 15/2 2019-06-18
2018 Alex McLean, Giovanni Fanfani, Ellen Harlizius-Klück
Cyclic Patterns of Movement Across Weaving, Epiplokē and Live Coding
published pages: 5-30, ISSN: 1947-5403, DOI: 10.12801/1947-5403.2018.10.01.01
Dancecult 10/1 2019-04-18
2019 Giovanni Fanfani
Craftsmanship and technology as chorality: the case of weaving imagery in archaic and classical choral lyric
published pages: 6-40, ISSN: 2038-5137, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2553430
Dionysus ex machina 9 2019-03-12
2017 Alex McLean, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Janis Jefferies
Introduction: Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves
published pages: 118-123, ISSN: 1475-9756, DOI: 10.1080/14759756.2017.1298232
TEXTILE 15/2 2019-06-18
2019 McLean, Alex; Bell, Renick
Pattern, Code and Algorithmic Drumming Circles
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3346443
Fourth international conference on live coding (ICLC2018) 3 2019-08-29

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