Code Crafting: The Influence of Textiles on Computing

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Eugene Lang

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Code Crafting

Fall 2021

Taught By: Ursula Wolz

Section: A

CRN: 11944

Credits: 3

Textile production influenced the industrial revolution causing social upheaval. Textile craft is also at the root of modern computer programming that has dramatically influenced the Information Age. This course provides a liberal arts perspective on the fundamental concepts of programming and computer architecture, exploring the premise that computer science is derived from textile craft production. Students will learn how crochet patterns provide models for understanding computer code, and how punch card techniques grew out of weaving and knitting. Students will practice coding with programmable embroidery machines and then transfer those techniques to 3D printing. Students will also read and discuss selected works on the historical and artistic perspectives of computer science in society related to modern textile production.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Eugene Lang (LANG)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:46pm 9/28/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Fanton Hall 72 5th

Room: 713

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/13/2021