As part of the project Open Source Embroidery, that will be presented on the panel of Open Practices (Tuesday, July 3rd), Ele Carpenter will be conducting the workshop Embroidered Digital Commons (2009 – 2013), an embroidery of the text ‘A Concise Lexicon of / for the Digital Commons’ by the Raqs Media Collective (2003).

The ‘Embroidered Digital Commons’ is an artwork faciltiated by Ele Carpenter as part of the Open Source Embroidery project, utilising social and digital connectivity. This distributed embroidery aims to collectively stitch terms from: “A Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons” written by the Raqs Media Collective, as a practical way of close-reading and discusing the text and it’s current meaning. Each term is chosen in relation to the specific context of its production through group workshops, conferences and events. The terms of the lexicon are: Access, Bandwidth, Code, Data, Ensemble, Fractal, Gift, Heterogeneous, Iteration, Kernal, Liminal, Meme, Nodes, Orbit, Portability, Quotidian, Rescension, Site, Tools, Ubiquity, Vector, Web, Xenophilly, Yarn, and Zone.

As part of the conference, attendees will be able to take part in the embroidering of the following term:



“Ubiquity: Everywhere-ness. The capacity to be in more than one site. The simple fact of heterogeneous situation, a feature of the way in which clusters of memes, packets of data, orbit and remain extant in several nodal points within a system. The propensity of a meme towards ubiquity increases with every iteration, for once spoken, it always already exists again and elsewhere. It begins to exist and be active (even if dormantly) in the person spoken to as well as in the speaker. Stories, and the kernels of ideas travel in this way. A rescension, when in orbit, crosses the paths of its variants. The zone where two orbits intersect is usually the site of an active transaction and transfer of meanings. Each rescension, carries into its own trajectory memes from its companion. In this way, through the encounters between rescensions, ideas spread, travel and tend towards ubiquity. That which is everywhere is difficult to censor, that which is everywhere has no lack of allies. To be ubiquitous is to be present and dispersed in ‘no-des’. Sometimes, ubiquity is the only effective answer to censorship and isolation.”

Click here for further information on the Embroidered Digital Commons artwork.


The workshop will be powered by BAU, School of Design