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Talk/Q&A: Häkeln & Stricken für Geeks – Verena Kuni @ K/H/C 02.04.14


Date: 02.04.2014

Time: 6-9pm

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Talk/Q&A – Verena Kuni – Stricken & Häkeln für Geeks

Verena is the author of ” Stricken & Häkeln für Geeks” (Knitting & Crochet for geeks) and will be presenting her book and much more that didn´t make it into the book.

Combined with fbz knit grafitti workshop she will teach a way to unlock your creative thinking and talk about crafts and electronics.

Verena Kuni


Over the past two decades crocheting and knitting – formerly known as granny’s craft and homework for obedient girls – have become permanent features within geek culture. For good reasons. A knitting pattern is being worked through like an algorithm, plus it comes usually translated into a piece of abstract code. So it seems only natural to think about knitting in terms of computation. Indeed there is a lot of mathematics involved in needlework, plus you can inform your crochets and knits additionally with math, informatics and technology. You can start with an excursion intro algorithmic botany by following the thread of growth patterns or crochet mathematical models to better understand geometry – not to mention you can even wear the latter in case you crochet a hyperbolic cape, knit a Möbius strip scarf or a Klein bottle hat. And if your hands get tired, why not let a hacked knitting machine do the work and produce scarves with 8bit graphics, EEG patterns or game scores instead?

This and more is covered by «Ha3keln + Str1ck3n für Geeks» (Cr0ch3ts + Kn1ts for Geeks)*, a book full of things to know, to marvel about and to be inspired by from the wonderful world of geek needlecraft. But then we should also ask: What’s next? The tools, techniques and technologies are in our hands, so why not make our minds up to re-think what’s already there and to think a little further. What are the challenges for creative geeks working with needlecraft, in the very near future – aka: right now? It’s time to open new thread indeed. Thus let us meet for a threads2thinktank…

Short Bio:

Verena Kuni is scholar in the field of art, cultural and media studies and professor for visual culture at the Goethe University, Frankfurt Main. Since 1996 she is lecturing, researching and teaching at universities and art academies in Europe and beyond.
Her curatorial work is dedicated to interdisciplinary projects and programs at the intersections of theory and practice. Her research focuses a. o. on transfers between material and media cultures; media of imagination and technologies of transformation; DIY cultures; urban biotopes; games, play and toys as tools; alternate realities and (trans)formations of time. She has published widely (print & online) on contemporary arts, culture & media. Find out more at http://www.kuniver.se and/or contact her at verena@kuni.org


Talk/Q&A – Verena Kuni – Stricken & Häkeln für Geeks

Verena ist die Autorin von ” Stricken & Häkeln für Geeks”  und wird ihr Buch bei uns präsentieren und mehrere Themen, die es nicht ins Buch geschafft haben.

Zusammen mit fbz knit grafitti workshop wird sie einen Think Tank anleiten, der kreatives Denken aufschließen wird und über Handarbeiten und Elecktronik sprechen.

Verena Kuni

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