Quipu2011


Coding digitally beyond electricity


An idea and concept by √isualpaco


“In ancient Peru, Incan messengers used to travel across the Andes carrying a bundle of woven thread known as a Quipu, or “talking strings”. When a messenger arrived at his destination, he would deliver his news while reeling off knots in the string like a rosary. For the Incas, a people with no written language, the Quipu served as their core information technology: it was a newspaper, a calculator, even a repository of laws”.

Alex Wright - Glut



Quipu2011 is an interactive environmental installation.

It is a long wire of cotton hanging above the ground which sees attached to it around 2000 woven fabric fragments.The first complex of knots presented by the cotton wires is translating the words LOVE and AFFECT.

People participating the space are invited to create their own codes on the structure translating them with a human readable writing on a wall in the space.

Quipu2011 represents a way to express the secondary and tertiary orality offered by new media as aspects innate already in human pre-literate cultures as in the contemporary digital cultures offered by new media technologies.It’s a funny provocation towards computer technology as actual monopoly for computation and storytelling and that shows digital coding as a possible and already exploited human activity that needs just our creative minds.

A completely non-electric, analog system to create code using visual memory and metalanguage, with the possibility to translate it on a public wall with wall paintings and writings. The reproduction of an old digital tool for computing and communication that reminds how digitalization is something innate into human minds.