"Transmutations of the immaterial"
Graz, Austria (2013): In my thesis, I trace the trajectory of knitted „processes-made-things“ (Coupaye 2013) and I look at knitting as a practice materialising (relations of) relations between yarn, needles, pattern, cut and the knitting as well as wearing to-be body. I see knitted form as rooted in numeric thought which is itself based on rhythmic, tool-underpinned movement – as illustrated frozen in time in the left half of the picture.
Theoretically speaking this part of my research contributes to anthropological debates on the emergence of form (e.g. Ingold 2013, 2011). Pointing to the specific material qualities of the textile thread, I argue, an oscillation between what is conceptualised as morphogenetic and hylomorphic models is at work.
While form certainly develops from the practical engagement with the materials and from joining the flow of the materials (Ingold), this engagement is always underpinned by intentions which are themselves grounded in social relations (cf. Gell 1998). (You can find more theoretical input about the theme described above here; the doctoral project behind this picture)