Contours – “Breathing life into a textile skin”

Commissioned by MAK Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna, this project is a collaboration between Bare Conductive, Fabio Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska to create an installation that combines screenprinting, capacitive sensing, interactive tapestries and generative soundscape, as a large-scale metaphor for the idea of breathing life into a textile skin.

The team designed 'Contours' as an immersive experience where a series of tapestries respond to the presence of interacting audience when they are in contact with the skin of visitors. The constantly modulated data-driven soundscape is composed in real time and serves as an acoustic feedback loop that alludes to the relationship between science and the body.  Sound modulation uses granulation and pitch shifting of samples prerecorded from tools usually employed to measure human body such as CT and PET scans, EKG plus various oscillators. The abstract geometric decoration that connects the tapestries’ individual sensors to form giant ones was inspired by Wiener Werkstätte designs from the MAK Collection (below).

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