Eszter Ozsvald, Kärt Ojavee and Alex Dodge "SymbiosisO: Voxel"


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tribeca ISSEY MIYAKE presents SymbiosisO: Voxel, a large-scale interactive textile installation by artists Eszter Ozsvald, Kärt Ojavee, and Alex Dodge.

Inspired by Eszter Ozsvald and Kärt Ojavee’s earlier undertaking in developing textile interfaces mimicking living organisms that react to definable impulses, the artists join forces with technologist Alex Dodge to construct SymbiosisO: Voxel, a textile installation reactive to human touch.

SymbiosisO: Voxel takes form of a honeycomb-like structure composed of numerous hexagonal pixels or “voxels” made of silk material. Dyed with thermochromic (heat activated) inks and combined with invisible embedded electronics, the textile installation is designed to change its color and create temporary patterns dependent on two different stimuli: the touch of a human hand that leaves a highlighted, momentary imprint on the fabric, or a mobile, web-based interface that allows the spectators to design their own running animations on the textile.

Eszter Ozsvald is a Hungarian designer, technologist, and media artist based in New York. A graduate of the Industrial Design Engineering and Mechatronics program at the Budapest University of Technology, Eszter has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Biorobotics in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Kitchen Budapest media lab in Hungary. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Kärt Ojavee is an Estonian designer and researcher focusing her practice on developing interactive textiles. An integral member of the Centre for Biorobotics in Tallinn, and guest docent at the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Textile Department, together with Eszter she has developed the SymbiosisO concept and previous prototypes.

Alex Dodge began his career in the arts as a painter upon graduation from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. His artworks are part of permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. He worked as director of CRG gallery in New York City and in 2009 he co-founded Generative, a product design company employing new technology. He is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Interactive Telecommunications at New York University.

tribeca ISSEY MIYAKE is a place in which to experience the thrill of new discoveries and the process of making clothes; a place for new talent, the unexpected, and the excitement that lies within the power of creation. In addition to its primary function as retail store featuring all ISSEY MIYAKE collections, tribeca ISSEY MIYAKE often hosts up-and-coming and established artists. The Frank Gehry titanium “intervention” or sculpture that winds its way throughout the space provides a dynamic background for lectures, performances, and installations.



from April 04, 2012 to April 28, 2012

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