Punchcard Economy is a machine-knitted tapestry inspired by a 1856 banner advertising the Eight-hour day movement. The layer of visual noise shows today's departure from the eight-hour day philosophy. Working hours were collected from 116 participants, and each hour of work outside normal working hours was encoded as a color-inverted knit. A smaller version was made for the 2014 Data as Culture exhibition.
- Sam Meech (2013) Punchcard Economy.
- Explanation of the data encoding in this video (starts at 2:45).
- Left image from www.fact.co.uk, right image from punchcardeconomy.co.uk.