‘symbiosisO: voxel’, an interactive textile installation designed byeszter ozsvald, kärt ojavee, and alex dodge all images courtesy GION

 

 

symbiosisO: voxel interactive textile installation tribeca issey miyake, new york, USA on now through april 28th, 2012

 

the collaboration of hungarian designer eszter ozsvald, estonian textiles developer kärt ojavee, and american interaction artist alex dodge, ‘symbiosisO: voxel’ is an interactive textile installation, on exhibition at new york’s tribeca issey miyake showroom and gallery space. composed of a structure of interlocking honeycomb-shaped ‘voxels’, each unit is dyed with heat-activated thermochromic ink, connected to a custom electronics system in order to respond to physical and virtual stimuli. users can interact with the work by touching it– leaving a highlighted imprint on the fabric– or via a web interface that allows them to design multi-frame animations to be played back on the piece.

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake individuals can interact with the textile in person…

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake …or create playable animations remotely via web interface

 

 

using their iPhones and iPads on-site in the space, users can visit the web-based interface and tap on individual voxels on the screen to create a pattern (or a number of changing patterns). by pressing submit, the textile installation at tribeca issey miyake plays back the image or recording (note that it is recommended to submit a design only while actually in the gallery, in order to see the effect).

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake full view of the installation

 

 

video footage of the textile playing a web-submitted animation, at the issey miyake exhibition (2012)

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake making-of: the basic shapes, and pigment

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake making-of: custom-made chips

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake making-of: all components ready to be assembled

 

 

interactive textiles   symbiosisO: voxel at tribeca issey miyake making-of: view of a single finished tile with wiring