The collaborative art team of Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese transform text into textile designs using handwoven fiber-optic threads and information feeds from the Internet. 50 Different Minds is the first piece in their interactive series and the subject of the feature article “Textile Tweets” by Susan Taber Avila on page 38 in our Spring 2011 issue. Scroll down in this article to watch a video about the making of this ingenious project. The piece was inspired by a quote by a influential Bauhaus painter and color theorist Josef Albers.
“If one says Red—the name of color—and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.”
Above: Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, 50 Different Minds (with detail), 2010; fiber-optic threads, custom electronics and software, live Internet feed; handwoven; 50" x 50". Photos by the artists.