Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Canvas of Light Tapestry woven with fiber optic threads uses FlightStats Data from the worlds nine busiest airports

50 Different Minds

50 Different Minds Fiber Optic Tapestry using FlightStats Data
This innovative work of art called 50 Different Minds was a successful Kickstarter project.  The tapestry is made from hand woven fiber optics. There has never been anything like it. It fuses traditional arts, digital electronics, interactivity, and data scraping with contemporary art. It is a new media canvas, woven from information, using fiber optic thread to carry information and data from the internet in the form of light.

The tapestry is connected to the internet and gets data in real time. 50 Different Minds runs two computer programs that listen to Twitter tweets and follows flight arrivals and departures at the nine busiest airports in the world. The brightness and colors are modulated by flight activity with data supplied via FlightStats Flex APIs. Specific search terms are associated with patterns and color frequencies. When queried, information is parsed and assigned a pattern, which triggers a display of changing pattern/color. The animated effect looks like illuminated silk.

If you happen to be headed to San Francisco, stop by the Catherine Clark Gallery and have a look.
(Address:150 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA)

Otherwise you can check out the video created by the artists describing the project.

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