# Antennas

2014/2015
Residency research at T.A.M.A.T, Tournai, Belgium

This installation comprises pieces of textiles and familiar artefact’s that become sensing and filtering surfaces, diffusing an almost continuous electric sound. More precisely, these antennas are covered by a fine copper mesh that has the particularity of sensing and amplifying electro magnetic frequency’s that are normally inaudible to the human ear. Invisible but being part of our everyday environment, these waves cross us continuously. These knitted or woven antennas receive the intense electromagnetic activity of the space, giving us to hear the different frequency’s that are captured coming mostly from electronic sources (electronic appliances, wifi, radio, neons, motors..etc) or the earth natural magnetosphere. Transmitted to a hacked knitted machine, the electromagnetic data of the space is then knitted to materialize a minuscule moment of there presence in the exhibition space.

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Technical documenation: https://xxxclairewilliamsxxx.wordpress.com/electronic-textiles/

# Antennas

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nd7_24062016 – Exhibition Centro Cultural de Puertas de Castilla, Spain

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# Research

Antennas are made by playing between electronics and traditional textile techniques and structures such as knitting, embroidery, basket weaving using different points, tensions and patterns. Frequency’s vary from very low (VLF) to Am frequency’s (approximately 1000 khz). The idea is to create textile objects that can pick up data from it’s environment.

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# Encoding Data
The hacked knitting machine knits out the electromagnetic activity of a specific location. The machine encodes the data fluxes of the space or recorded elsewhere: at the corner of the street, in the Ardenne forest… Pixels are transformed into stitches, the knitting machine knits and encodes row by row a spectrum of the sound frequencies. The hack allows these different languages to communicate with one another as the computer, the arduino and the domestic knitting machine are connected to each other. We can imagine what happens when we join computers to textile machines who become printers where an eruption of the digital takes place in the physical*.

 

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