Documentary about a live / online textile installation project by Alinah Azadeh in collaboration with ASF Weave and Jon Bird (University of Sussex). Supported by Arts Council, England and hosted at The Basement, Brighton UK. It was the first, mass-participatory public project by the artist.
The Loom used the computer mediated weaving of a textile, which processed ‘emotional data’ from 300 contributors across the world to create a programmed pattern space for a textile. It highlighted human relationships to life and loss by asking contributors to choose two relationships of meaning, with both the living and the dead. Names, dates and locations of birth or death were submitted online and used to create the weave through a specially written system and design. The first set of data used were those of the birth of Azadeh’s daughter in December 2004 and the death of her mother in the Asian Tsunami three weeks later.