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Encoded Textiles: Engineering and Craftwork at Caltech's Visual Culture Program

  • Caltech Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125 (map)

Caltech’s Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences will have a two-person panel with world-renowned artist Abdoulaye Konaté and human designer/scholar Daniela Rosner. Their discussion will show thought-provoking connections between engineering and traditional craftwork.

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Rosner's research tells the story of the "little old ladies" of NASA. Their expertise in craftwork enabled them to expertly weave NASA's core memory storage for the Apollo 8 mission's computer system. Artist Abdoulaye Konaté, whose work was featured in the 2017 Venice Biennale and is collected in major museums around the world, works with woven and dyed cloths native to his country Mali. He will share his work showing that textiles, like computer systems, are repositories of information. These thinkers and makers together will explore the important role cultural traditions take in obtaining scientific and social knowledge.

Information about this event and the program can be found here.