Copyright Ailie Rutherford 2020

String Figures takes its title from techno-feminist Donna Haraway’s metaphor for the inextricable threads that connect us all.

Since Covid-19 has radically changed our working practices, I have been working with designer Bettina Nissen and creative technologist Bob Moyler to co-design new collaborative software for collective working centred on a principle of mutual care and co-operation. Adapted from a print-block mapping toolkit I designed for The People's Bank of Govanhill this digital tool allows local and trans-local collectives to collaborate in an online space to remotely create intricate visual diagrams coded with information and build de-centralised support networks.

For more on the thinking behind String Figures visit The Social Art Library and Economythologies

Participation from Guerilla Media Collective, Furtherfield, Feminist Economics Department, Category Is Books,
The Outwith Agency, Rumpus Room, Arc Independent and Feminist Exchange Network.
Funded by Creative Scotland and Creative Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art
String Figures follows on from Crypto-Knitting-Circles action research with Bettina Nissen in 2019