The London based creative laboratory Bare Conductive was invited to team up with Fabio Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska in order to develop a large-scale metaphor for the idea of breathing life into a textile skin. At the core of the interactive tapestries featured in their installation, Contours, are capacitive sensors applied to the objects’ substrates using conductive paint; these sensors react to the presence of a person in their immediate vicinity
and can track their movement.
A constantly modulated ambient soundscape, reminiscent of a medical research environment, serves as an acoustic feedback loop that alludes to the relation-ship between science and the body. The abstract geometric ornamentation that connects the tapestries’ individual sensors to form giant ones is inspired by Wiener Werkstätte designs from the MAK Collection.
Contours was created for the MAK Fashion Lab #02 Scientific Skin at the MAK — Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna (30.12.2013 - 12.1.2014). Curated by Sabine Seymour in collaboration with Thomas Geisler, MAK Design Collection