Punchcard Economy

Video – Transmediale ’15 Talk

Mar 30 2015 · by Sam Meech

A presentation I made as part of the Time & Motion panel at Transmediale 2015 – ‘CAPTURE ALL’, heled at the HKW, Berlin. I talk about the precarious nature of artistic labour, and how I got into knitting.


Dec 09 2013 · by Sam Meech

The banner is finally finished. At 6am this morning I drove to Liverpool to install it at FACT. by 9 am it was up, rigged in the atrium, hanging from dowel threaded through those carefully constructed hems. I’m very pleased, and have much more documentation to share, but in the meantime… Some facts about the […]

Final Banner Design

Nov 26 2013 · by Sam Meech

The data has been collated, and ordered and the final size of the banner worked out, to create the final design layout.


Nov 24 2013 · by Sam Meech

Before the final push next week, I wanted to really try and nail the hem thing, so i’ve spent this weekend in the project space at Federation House in Manchester

Testing data, joining panels and knitting hems

Nov 22 2013 · by Sam Meech

I’m into the engineering phase of the knitting design now. This week I’ve been looking at how to attach the various panels to make up the final banner, and also to create a mechanism for suspending it. As the knitting machine can only knit a maximum 200 stitches, then I am limited to producing strips […]

Testing Yarns

Nov 17 2013 · by Sam Meech

Testing the yarns that while make up the final banner

snapshot #1 – working hours / out of contract

Oct 15 2013 · by Sam Meech

A quick screen grab of the data being produced via the website so far, as laid out in a spreadsheet with conditional formatting. In the first image we can see the total hours in which ‘labour’ is undertaken, and in the second image the ‘out of contract’ hours.

Basic design – mapping difference

Oct 01 2013 · by Sam Meech

The process I’m initially exploring for creating the design is through using the working hours data as a difference layer. When combined with a base design, any information in the difference layer will invert the value of the base layer. Thus, any hours worked as ‘overtime’ will show up as an inverted stitch. Applying this […]