The Knitted Radio – Ebru Kurbak

I ran across this piece in the fascinating exhibition HOW THINGS DON’T WORK in the Kellen Gallery at 2 west 13th street.

Here’s information from the artist’s website
The Knitted Radio is a project developed in collaboration with Irene Posch at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. It is part of an ongoing investigation towards using traditional textile crafting techniques to create electronic components and devices from scratch. The tactile piece manifests how to knit a sweater that is also a FM radio transmitter. By equipping the wearer with the ability to occupy electronic space, the casual knitwear intends to inspire local, free communication structures. The experiment is dedicated to the diverse crowd involved in recent Gezi Park protests in Taksim Square, Istanbul.

 

Ebru is an artist, researcher and educator, currently based in Vienna. Her works deal with psychological and cultural implications of body-technology-space relations. In her recent works, she has been designing body-worn technologies and exploring their instrumental, aesthetic and semiotic potentials. She has shown her work in international platforms such as the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz), Siggraph (US), and File Festival (São Paulo) among others. She has carried out residencies at the La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), LABoral (Gijon) and V2_(Rotterdam).

Ebru studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. After graduating, she taught Visual Perception and Design Literacy at the Departments of Visual Communication Design and Photography and Video in the Istanbul Bilgi University. She currently works as a lecturer at the Department of space&designstrategies in the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, looking at conceptual and practical approaches to artistic applications of reactive and interactive objects and spaces.

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