Those Who Affected Me

Submitted by Malin Bobeck

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Client

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $5,000

Project Team

Artist

Malin Bobeck

Other

Gustaf Josefsson

Industry Resource

Ekelund Weavers

Overview

Those Who Affected Me is an interactive light emitting textile art installation. Suspended in mid air, over 1,5 meters tall, and 2,5 meter diameter, the four winged structure invites the audience to gently touch the textile and reacts by sending colorful ripples up and down the intricate fabric.

Goals

The project were exhibited in The Gothenburg Museum of art and National museum of art in Stockholm. The sculpture is exhibited in an small room with tilted mirror walls, creating a distorted universe where the sculpture is multiplied in infinity.

Process

The custom designed jacquard textile is using optical fibers connected to about 500 individually programmable color LEDs, connected to a microcomputer. Thin, electrically conducting copper threads are woven in to create touch sensitive areas inside the fabric. The 11 meters of fabric are mounted with steel rods around a steel cylinder. The project is made by Malin Bobeck with technical support by Gustaf Josefsson.

Additional Information

The project started off in winter 2015 as an idea of making an interactive fabric. Textile is a very tactile material and it invites people to touch it. During the process of creating it, Malin Bobeck thought of it as a self portrait. -The people around me are affecting me all the time, both mentally, physically and emotionally. They are creating me, if it weren’t for them I would not be here today. This is a tribute to them. It’s a reflection of how people affects me as touch affects the installation.