The sharing of information is ever-evolving. The modern world documents and records everything, through social media, SMS text messaging, and email, in a landslide of written words. This is in direct conflict with the belief of the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, who argued that the best ideas are forged in dialogue and conversation.
Looking at how we distribute information, spread gossip and share knowledge, artist-in-residence, La JohnJoseph, will work with local knitters on a new artwork during a 6 week residency.
The project invites knitters of all abilities to participate in this opportunity for skill-exchange and socialising, and to explore information systems through 4 participatory workshops. As they knit the group will chat, play parlour games, and make new connections between the internet and the knitting circle.
The project will conclude with a visit from Socrates himself, who will help visualise the rethinking of our information systems.
The residency begins 16 May at Leytonstone Library with workshops running 16, 23, 30 May and June 6.
To take part in the knitting circle email Abi.Lemon@Walthamforest.gov.uk
La JohnJoseph makes queer work which employs video, installation, text, and live performance, in a camp and vicious fusion of psychedelic proletarian prose and social commentary. Their work investigates the friction between social class, gender identity, & religious faith, through the use of multiple personae, from the anarcho-aristocrat 2D Joan to lounge singer Alexander Geist (as whom La JJ performed for 7 years).