software + art
Rethread is an open collective of computer scientists, artists, and designers, in Stockholm (Sweden).
Our work lies at the intersection between software technology, art, interaction design,
sonification, and visualization, and focuses
on the use of software as the material and medium for artistic creation. Our work is fueled
by the interest to explore the dynamic nature of software from multiple perspectives, addressing its
many layers; from the sublimity
and detail of each execution to the societal and political impact it has on our lives.
Through our work we aim to establish emotional and reflective bonds between citizens and the software
that constantly surrounds us, transforming the way we experience software, and allowing for
participation and collective imaginings of
what software is and what we might want it to be. We see art as a means to explore these
affective connections. Through artifacts and performances, we intend to cultivate curiosity of the
scientific and technical aspects of
software which appear to many as a “black box”. When presenting these obscure and perplexing
concepts as open or shared and as aesthetically enchanting, knowledge about software can become
accessible to citizens, allowing for informed
decisions and more radically diverse systems of education and production.