Exhibited across all three Data as Culture spaces, Punchcard Economy banners are large­-scale knitted data­ visualisation, based on the Robert Owen's 8 Hour Day Movement slogan: '8 Hours Labour, 8 Hours Recreation, 8 Hours Rest'. The work incorporates contemporary data about working hours within the 'digital’ economy, collected via a virtual punchcard on the project website,­ to map the shift from Owen's ideal. Translating work patterns into knitting patterns using the similar punchcard technology, each misplaced stitch represents an hour of work done outside of the 8 hour 'contract'. Visitors are invited to contribute to the project by using the website to track their own working hours. The work has been created using a Brother KH950i electronic domestic knitting machine (produced 1988), and uses the DaviWorks IMG2Track software (daviworks.com/knitting) and PPD cable hack to transfer digital image files from the mac to the knitting machine.

Punchcard Economy has been supported by FACT Liverpool and Arts Council England.
Visitors are invited to contribute to the project by tracking their own working hours on punchcardeconomy.co.uk

A part of Data as Culture, and City Fictions, a speculative near future city. Institution: creative quarter.

Data as Culture is presented by the ODI, FutureEverything and Lighthouse.