Lecture: KHIPU. Ancestral Andean computing system.

18th march 2022

During the Inca Empire there was an information recording device called khipu. In this system, information was knotted in strings and codified in numerical values, following a binary and decimal system. These strings hide a meaning that transcends the arithmetic plane and narrate a series of stories about an ancient civilization. They are currently considered as pre-Hispanic computers and their importance lies in their transcendental cosmic significance and the current preservation of the wisdom transmitted from the original peoples in South America.

During the presentation, Constanza Piña will talk about the Khipu project, an artistic research that began in 2013, which resulted in a textile electromagnetic sound installation and an artist’s book. These works were developed by a group of five women during the collaborative laboratory entitled Textile Computing and Spectrum Sonification.

Constanza will talk about the development process of the project, reviewing topics such as Andean science fiction and feminist references in the history of astronomy and computing systems in relation to textile development.

Free activity

No. of places in person: 74

Reservation required

This project is part of the programme of activities of STUDIOTOPIA – Art meets Science in the Anthropocene, an initiative that aims to increase collaborations between cultural and research institutions, academia, innovation centres, creatives and citizens. The network, funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, is made up of eight European cultural institutions: Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and GLUON in Brussels, Ars Electronica in Linz, Cluj Cultural Centre in Cluj, Laznia Contemporary Art Centre in Gdansk, Onassis Stegi in Athens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and LABoral Centro de Arte in Gijón.

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