50 Different Minds is the first fiber optic tapestry made by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese. The artists invented the technology and developed the concepts behind the piece. This video shows the tapestry being woven on a hand loom, and the processes behind making it.
The artists imagine 50 Different Minds as a conversation between Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers. The piece unites Josef Albers' color theory with Anni Albers' advances in weaving. The piece is a woven data visualization using words from Twitter tweets and airport data of flights' arrivals and departures to drive the patterning.
The software was written by Luke Loeffler; hardware designed by Eric Singer and Leif Krinkle.
Ligorano/Reese debuted this piece at Zer01 in 2010. It was funded in part by the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and Kickstarter.