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Blumen Wallpaper

Wingfield, Rachel and Gmachl, Mathias (2004) Blumen Wallpaper. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Wingfield, Rachel and Gmachl, Mathias

Blumen is the first ever fully animated, electronic and luminescent wallpaper. It explores the experience of human presence and action having a tangible effect on space and provides a direct and analogue reflection of this by addressing the point where ambient space ends and surface begins. A new depth and language is brought to otherwise dormant decorative materials that simply surface and contain space.

Blumen transforms traditional decorative surfaces into a rich, dynamic display of botanical life. It divides and ornaments space and can be seen in a wallpaper format as sliding panels. By working with traditional pattern making we have created an ornate printed design that is at the same time a working electrical circuit using electro-luminescent technology. The repeating pattern allows the piece to be cut into smaller sections and even reassembled.
The Blumen print is constructed from a number of addressable cells and with the use of various sensors the pattern emerges and develops in response to its environment. Based on the space the panels are presented in, and the characteristics of the sensor used, we develop an animated pattern language described in software.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Research Centres No Longer Active > Textiles Futures Research Centre (TFRC)
Date: 19 October 2004
Related Websites: http://loop.ph/bin/view/Loop/BlumenWallpaper
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 14:04
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2010 14:26
Item ID: 1187
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1187

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