Resistance Alphabet

Waag Open: Resistance Alphabet

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In the recent Stitch your Data workshop, researcher Pamela Nelson showcased how embroidery can serve as a means to understand the tangible aspects of our digital realm. She found a way to better understand the materiality of the Internet: through embroidery. 

This may sound crazy, but the abstract digital world can easily be made tangible through needle and thread. Building on this exploration, we will delve deeper into the technique and explore how we can use embroidery to convey a message.

During the workshop, you will work with electricity-conducting threads and develop an alphabet together. In the first part of the workshop, you will learn some (basic) techniques, such as fly stitching and buttonhole stitching. Then we will measure the resistance of each stitch with conductive thread to map out an alphabet. What code language can we recognise behind the different stitches? In the second part of the workshop, you can embroider your own message using the developed alphabet.

Create your own code language with needle and thread!

19:30 - 20:00 hrs | Welcome & introduction by Pamela Nelson (including a reading of the book Zeros and Ones by Sadie Plant)
20:00 - 21:30 hrs | Workshop embroidery with electricity-conducting threads 
21:30 - 22:00 hrs | Discussion & drinks

About the artist
As a digital designer and an end user of digital products, Pamela Nelson seeks slowness, embodiment and reflection through embroidery to make the intangible tangible once again and remind herself of the real life impacts of the digital products that we design. 

Waag Open
Waag Open is the monthly public programme focused on today's themes. We organise various workshops and present collaborations between scientists, designers and artists. Once a month, Waag opens her doors for programmes that can be attended by anyone and everyone.




7,50 euro (incl. een drankje)




Nieuwmarkt 4
1012CR Amsterdam

Due to her monumental state the Waag building does not have elevators. A gender neutral toilet is present on the first floor.