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Symbiosis is a project Kärt founded together with a hungarian designer Eszter Ozsvald in 2009. As Symbiosis, the duo developed and realised a series of speculative textile concepts, one of which was SymbiosisO: Voxel. 

It was an interactive textile installation at Tribeca Issey Miyake, New York, USA in 2012


It was a collaboration between Kärt, Ester and american interaction artist Alex Dodge. 

SymbiosisO: Voxel was an interactive textile installation, on exhibition at New York’s tribeca Issey Miyake showroom and gallery space. Composed of a structure of interlocking honeycomb-shaped ‘voxels’, each unit was dyed with heat-activated thermochromic ink, connected to a custom electronics system in order to respond to physical and virtual stimuli. Users could interact with the work by touching it– leaving a highlighted imprint on the fabric– or via a web interface that allowed them to design multi-frame animations to be played back on the piece.

Using their iPhones and iPads on-site in the space, users could visit the web-based interface and tap on individual voxels on the screen to create a pattern (or a number of changing patterns). By pressing submit, the textile installation at Tribeca Issey Miyake played back the image or recording.

Later the same installation was presented in Scin Gallery, London and Applied Art and Design Museum, Tallinn.

Year: 2012 - 2013


Concept, design and development:

Ezster Ozsvald, Alex Dodge and Kärt Ojavee

Installing in New York: Alex Dodge, Eszter Ozsvald

Producer: Robert von Leszczynski

Installing in Tallinn and London: Kärt Ojavee

Photos: Ezster Ozsvald, Alex Dodge, Kärt Ojavee

Electronics and programming: Jaan Rebane

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