xurban_collective’s "Knit++" draws an analogy between home workers of the 18th century (knitters) and ‘net workers’ of the 21st century. Despite the fact that knitters labored with the material, and networkers with the immaterial, their struggles within the capitalistic production framework are comparable. The knitting analogy is multi-layered: the project allows the user to literally knit each of the collective’s individual works together. Each of its members (currently ten) brings a different skill to the project, for example, photography, video, VRML, and sound. The layers are knit together with a pattern generator in an ongoing and interactive process. Knit++ is based on the concept of interlocking loops that form non-hierarchical distribution patterns of people and places. Knit++ is a work in process: the collective will continue to add new pieces over a period of time. The project was recently exhibited as an installation-knit ++//off the book spaces//-@ Istanbul Tuyap Conference Center (pope&imam), November 2002.
xurban_collective bio: xurban is an online/offline collective dedicated to art and politics. xurban attempts to motivate/provoke theoretical/political discussions and online art works.
Since its founding xurban has transformed the data flow between its terminal points-New York, Istanbul, Ankara, Amsterdam-and fed it back to the decentralized circulation of the world wide web. At the same time it has tackled the problems of transferring these expressions to the physical exhibition space.
xurban have realized numerous site-specific installations with online components, including:
"Catastrophe/On the Outside Same As Inside," (pope&imam), Kasa gallery, Istanbul, October 2000.
"Confessions: Strong From East-EastWest, "(pope&imam):
-Turkish Pavilion @ Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy, June 2001
-Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2001
-Bonn KunstMuseum, Bonn, Germany, December 2001
"Central Intelligence," (pope&imam), Bonn KunstMuseum, Bonn, Germany, December 2001. For more information about Turbulence’s commissioning program, please visit http://turbulence.org/guidelines.html or write: