Fiber Optic Tapestry

Photo: Nora Ligorano

Traditional tapestries communicated stories of battles, creation myths, and religion. Today, we are creating fields of threaded information streaming data through the fibers of a woven tapestry as light. It’s a way to visualize a virtual world to narrate the real-time story of global information culture.

The fiber optic tapestry is woven from information. It is analogous to the world wide web, using fiber optic thread to carry information and other data from the internet. It manifests itself as a surface of light and pattern, marrying traditional, hand-woven textiles with information technologies.

Fiber optic thread is woven on a loom into panels and connected to RGB LED’s, controlled by a computer for patterns and color sequences. The current prototype displays programmed sequences with defined patterns and colors.

The work at Eyebeam investigates the use of internet sources as the driving engines for the tapestry. The data animates the textile's surface, mining information sources to manipulate and change patterns. Information about seismic activities, solar flares and other natural occurences vary transition speeds and rates of patterns.


Project Created: 
October 2009