Centre for Creative Collaborations
29 May 2014  – FREE EVENT

16 Acton Street,



Collaboration between Bare Conductive, Fabio Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska.
Screenprint, capacitive sensing, interactive tapestries, generative soundscape, custom code
The artwork was commissioned by the MAK Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna, as part of ‘Scientific Skin’, the program co-curated by Sabine Seymour and Thomas Geisler, that features commissioned experiments relating to human based interactive experiences combining human body and the latest scientific discoveries.
The MAK  invited the London based creative laboratory Bare Conductive to team up with Fabio L. Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska in order to develop a large-scale metaphor for the idea of breathing life into a textile skin.
For this reason we designed ‘Contours’ as an immersive experience where a series of tapestries responds to the presence of an interacting audience, by triggering soundscapes when they are touched.
This constantly modulated data-driven soundscape is composed in real time and it is reminiscent of a medical research environment; it serves as an acoustic feedback loop that alludes to the relationship between science and the body.
They include sound modulation algorithms that are mainly creating realtime granulation and pitch shifting of samples prerecorded from tools usually employed to measure human body such as CT and PET scans, EKG plus various oscillators.
The sound composition is generated in real time through a custom code software and it changes in relation to a constant feed of data relating to the weather of Vienna.
The abstract geometric decoration that connects the tapestries’ individual sensors to form giant ones is inspired by Wiener Werkstätte designs from the MAK Collection.
Bare Conductive
Fabio L Antinori
Alicja Pytlewska
Fabio Lattanzi Antinori’s work and interest focus mainly on corporate systems and how they relate to notions of power, control and spirituality, meant as the language of the interior, in our post modern society. He has often engaged in collaborative practices, involving designers, engineers and musicians in order to produce sculptural and interactive artworks. He lives and works in London.