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January 26, 2017 AT 1:37 pm

‘Teleknitting’ Wraps Multicolored Thread Around Objects Based on TV Signal Input

Another faaantastic project and artwork from Moscow-based maker Dmitry Morozov – this thing looks as wild as it reads:

The concept of the project is to transform the television signal into a multicolored thread that wraps around any object installed on a rotating table. The installation picks up a TV signal in real-time mode and scales it down to a single-pixel image. A special program gradually lowers the digital image resolution. Each time the number of pixels is cut by half, until the image becomes a single pixel, the color of which is the one dominating in each specific frame.

The screen that displays this process is divided into eight parts. The first image is an unaltered television video; the eighth part is a single pixel of an intermediate color. After that, the program recognizes and interprets the color, giving the device commands to activate arms. The arms are rigged with ink-ingrained sponges; the ink can be of 5 basic colors: red, yellow, green, blue and black. Colors also could be combined to create secondary colors. The sponges press the white thread in the special thread-stretching device and color it. As the ink is diffused, special valves additionally ingrain the sponges with ink.

An object that is being spooled is installed on a platform and rotates. The object can be anything, a stuffed bear for example. A thread is attached to this object, so as the platform is rotating, it is being constantly pulled.

The application of the pigment to the thread is absolutely gorgeous to watch:

See more installation shots and read more about this project here.


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