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The Brief
Published: 17 Apr 2018

Textile Display Features ‘Liquid Pixels’

Suspended from the ceiling at New York’s AFA Gallery, Computer 1.0 is a large-scale woven textile that acts like a digital display. 

The piece incorporates clear, flexible polymer tubing which carries ‘pixels’ of coloured liquid through the textile, revealing captivating patterns that shift across the surface. When viewed using a smartphone camera, certain alignments trigger stories that are superimposed using augmented reality.

The work is the result of a collaboration between Brooklyn-based designer Julian Goldman and textile artist Victoria Manganiello. The duo set out to visualise the binary system of modern computing through the historical art of weaving, prompting us to re-examine the human relationship with textiles and technology.

As technology recedes into the fabric of our apparel and built environment, brands are developing alternative ways to display and interact with information. Computer 1.0 reminds us to consider the origins of our ubiquitous personal devices to help reshape the future of product design.

To find out about the latest display innovations, including projected interfaces and LG’s roll-up TV, see our coverage of CES 2018. Read more about how our technological landscape is evolving in Mobile World Congress 2018, and explore how NFC tags are creating seamless, screenless product experiences in our A/W 19/20 Product Design Direction Essence.

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