The Fiber Optic Tapestry is a canvas of light, woven from fiber optic thread and responds to information on the internet.
A new technological “culture of light” will transfer both visual perception and communication. -- Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
We need your help to finish an innovative artwork called 50 Different Minds.
Your pledge will help us construct and install a new media woven textile in San Jose, California. It debuts at the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB) at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, August 17 through October 31, 2010. ITAB explores the intersection of fibers and technology and takes place during ZER01 Biennial.
50 Different Minds is made from hand woven fiber optics. There has never been anything like it. It fuses traditional arts, digital electronics, interactivity, and data scraping with contemporary art. It is a new media canvas, woven from information, using fiber optic thread to carry information and data from the internet in the form of light.
Our inspiration came from the idea that the Jacquard loom was the first computer using punch cards. We wanted to expand on this to marry traditional hand-woven crafts with information technologies. The element of the hand is a critical factor through all stages of this project: from weaving on a loom, to the way the electronics are integrated with the fiber optic threads.
The woven panels are attached to RGB LED’s to illuminate the warp and the weft. The LED’s are computer controlled and programmed to change color and pattern. In San Jose, the tapestry consists of 9 panels, measuring a total of 50 x 50 inches. We are basing the patterns and colors on the color theory of painter Josef Albers and his wife Anni Albers’ work in textiles.
At ITAB, the tapestry is connected to the internet and scrapes data in real time. 50 Different Minds runs two computer programs that listen to Twitter tweets and follow flight arrivals and departures at the 9 busiest airports in the world. Specific search terms are associated with patterns and color frequencies. When queried, information is parsed and assigned a pattern, which triggers a display of changing pattern/color. The animated effect looks like illuminated silk. The development and testing of the fiber optic tapestry was done during residencies at Eyebeam and Montalvo Arts Center. The Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council for the Arts funded research and development of the prototype. Your support will help build a groundbreaking work that pushes the boundaries of weaving, new media and the field of data visualization. Your pledges will cover the costs of circuit redesign and fabrication, including implementation of brighter and more efficient LED’s, nine additional woven panels, new panel housings, and final programming.
Please join us in launching 50 Different Minds the first ever woven fiber optic tapestry.
A work by Ligorano/Reese Hardware: Leif Mangelsen, Eric Singer Programming & Data Scraping: Luke Loeffler
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