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      Computer-Aided Weaving: From Numerical Data to Generative Textiles



      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      7 & 9 July 2015



            Contemporary computers are direct descendants of the Jackard’s loom - an industrial era machine that used punched cards as a way of calculating and representing numerical data to be subsequently transformed into weaving patterns (Essinger 2004) - and of Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which employed a variation of the same system to perform complex probabilistic calculations (Swade 1991). In that vein, Ada Lovelace foresaw the future application of programming as the means to realise computer-generated music and graphics (Charman-Anderson, 2013) and this way prepared the grounds for the entire informational revolution to follow. Weaving is to be understood as a constitutionally algorithmic process, which has henceforth evolved in parallel to computer technology. In that vein, contemporary fabrication tactics, such as those suggested by Hatch (2013), constitute a platform for the further development of new technologies and/or for the re-appropriation of existent ones. A re-conceptualisation of the design process through data visualisation and parametric design schemata is cast possible this way (Romano & Cangiano 2014, pp. 170–172).


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            July 2015
            July 2015
            : 122-123
            [0001]Candidate PhD

            De Montfort University

            P.O. Box 1901 E. Antistaseos

            71004 Heraklion, Greece
            [0002]PhD, Complutense

            University of Madrid

            17, El. Venizelou

            15561 Athens, Greece
            © Marinos Koutsomichalis et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

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            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
            London, UK
            7 & 9 July 2015
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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