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Maja Brzozowska-Brywczyńska

Knit-knot. Guerilla knitting

Biography

Maja Brzozowska-Brywczyńska - born in 1979, sociologist, assistant professor at the Department of Visual and Material Culture, Institute of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Translator. Lectures on the dominating power of images and social strategies of resistance. Currently she is participating in the research project Invisible City (www.niewidzialnemiasto.pl) devoted to the analysis of spontaneous interventions of inhabitants into urban space. She crochets, knits and sews.

Project: Knit-knot. Guerilla knitting

And what if we started knitting on the street? What will happen when yarn entangles urban architecture? Against what can you use a crochet hook or knitting needles no. 5 as a weapon? Our presentation of guerilla knitting is aimed at sparking an open debate on (possible, but not unproblematic) revolutionary potential of knitting in/for public places.

So much for the mind. Now a handicraft task: with yarn and crochet hooks available on site, we will knit hand-made flowers following simple instructions and – verifying in practice what knitted bombardment of the city can work – we will attack a fraction of urban space. A fence, tree, handrail, street lamp, statue...

Poland Sociology Urban Guerilla Invisible City