Unravel the Code VII: Anecdata

Willem de Kooning Academy
Mon 15 Oct

Unravel the Code brings together the analogue and digital sides of making


The goal of Unravel The Code is to facilitate exchange between international students interested in both traditional and emerging ways of making. It aims to teach concrete technical skills as well as meta-skills in collaboration in a shot but intensive time frame. Due to the largely esoteric supporting staff and a small sample group of students from various backgrounds in art and technology, the only reliable conclusions this year will be: fun should had by all; new international contacts should be made, and sense of agency and appreciation should be manifested when looking at hat can be made in three days together.

After six successful editions, which brought topics such as unravelling the contemporary relevance radio, crafting magnetic core memory, and matching machine learning with facial recognition technologies, The seventh International Unravel The Code embraces Anecdata.

The workshop brings together Master and Bachelor students from Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore) and Willem de Kooning Academy / Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), for three days of tall tales, soft data, hardcore fabrication.

Image from Dear Data, a year-long, analogue data drawing project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two award-winning information designers living on different sides of the Atlantic.

Anecdotal Data

The plural of anecdote may not be not data, but that won’t stop a group of 30 pseudoscientific-superstars from turning hasty generalisations into physical, dynamic, and joyful spectacles. Far from spreading misinformation or working under the pretence of ‘big data’, this workshop focuses on the positive value of Anecdotal Data. By appropriating standard formats of information display, the challenge is to quantify and physicalise fuzzy, fragmentary, or borderline arbitrary bits of information into powerful storytelling.

The students will be divided into three projects:

  • A Yarn or Two to Tell - participants will explore thread as dynamic data transmitters while trying to find the red line in their collaborative project.
  • Anecdotal Data Doodles - participants will hack/build drawing machines while trying to draw conclusions on what kind of collaborative drawings to draw.
  • Mo-Cap Boogie-Woogie - participants will…well….figure out how to make something meaningful with data coming from a motion capture suit, and if all in vain, simply boogie-woogie with a motion capture suit.

Keep an eye on Anecdata findings here

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