Maggie Orth
Art, Technology, Design

Barcode Man, 2008

Media: Hand-woven cotton, rayon, conductive yarns, silver ink, hand printed water based thermochromic ink, custom drive electronics (version 2) and expressive software. 8 eight-pixel units. 54" x 54" x 4".

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Barcode Man is an exploration of how software can reveal different paterns and variations contained within a single textile. Similarly shaped black and white woven motifs are printed in similar colors. Software then turns on simlarly shaped and colored motifs to create a red, yellow and blue textile. In the half checker state, 4 of 8 pixels per panel are"on".

This piece has sixty-four hand woven textile pixels and is a black and white double weave. Woven conductive yarns on the back layer of the double weave structure create softer color change effects. Because the heated yarns are on the back of the textile, the color change effect takes longer to trigger. In this way, the weave structure as well as software can create events in time.

previous artwork


half checker
half checker 2
detail mouse over to see different patterns