… it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories…
Donna Haraway (2016)
On this website, you will find all information about our one-day DRS workshop ‘Materializing Bodily Relations to Data Worlds through Knotting’.
About the workshop:
This workshop invites participants to explore, individually and collectively, how materializations of data traces can be used to reflect upon bodily relations to data worlds of which we are part. We will re-engage with bodily data through knotting, which has historically been a means for representing data, such as in the Quipu, used as a data storage and archiving device. Through such data materializations we aim to surface qualities of scale, intimacy, and temporality within bodily relations to data, during the (post) pandemic era. By drawing attention to the affective labour of making data, we will explore how a change in material form from data visualization to knotting with threads can bring forward labour and intimacies, that otherwise stay invisible.
We invite participants to bring their bodily data traces or experiences with data, whether produced by personal devices/practices, embodied and felt, or encountered in our everyday interactions with larger institutions that gather data about us. We welcome data in many forms, both digital and analogue (from tracking data to calendars or diaries to bodily scars or pain), including any representations of routines or traces of how bodies have been living.