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The Knitter Stream is a Twitter data visualization installation that collects the ideas discussed at C2-MTL surrounding the intersection of Comme… Read More
The Knitter Stream is a Twitter data visualization installation that collects the ideas discussed at C2-MTL surrounding the intersection of Commerce and Creativity. Posts with a #knitterstream and #c2mtl hash tags were transformed into a custom pattern of designs and text by the knitting robot that will be woven into a continuous stream of fabric, providing an artfully displayed curation of questions, answers and ideas explored at C2-MTL. What creative mantra do you live by? Collaboration between Ivan Sharko, Evan Borstrom, Oleg Portnoy, Dave Roberts and myself. Read Less
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Every day, an endless stream of tweets enters the Twitterverse - some to live on via retweets and favourites, others to fade into the dark depths of the web, never to be seen again. This "here today gone tomorrow" phenomenon led us to wonder: must digital chit chat be so fleeting? We didn't think so. And thus, Knitterstream was born. It began as a data visualization project - an electronic knitting machine from 1998 that, with the help of custom software and hardware, could transform a humble tweet into a tangible, real life, woven work of art.
 
Launched with the help of Fast Company at C2-MTL - a festival of creativity and commerce in Montreal - we asked twitter-users, "What creative mantra do you work by?" They responded, tweeting their mantras with the hash tag #knitterstream, and Knitterstream transformed the most retweeted mantras into custom designs, which it then knit into what turned out to be 120 feet of cozy conversation. Tweeters could watch the machine in action, live via ustream, and a virtual version was also "knit" in real time at knitterstream.com, allowing those not at C2 to watch online as their mantra was turned from tweet to knit. And there you have it. Proof that tweeted genius can stick around long enough to get the readership it deserves, when stitched into a wearable, frameable keepsake by Knitterstream. Scroll down to see a digital version of the C2-MTL scarf.
 

Roles: Design, Code, Art Direction.
Collaborators: Ivan Sharko, Evan Borstrom, Oleg Portnoy, Jenn Mete, Dave Roberts and Yana Stepchenko.