In 2017 we were commissioned to set up an installation during Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, based on our work Live Streams.
The location was in an old power plant in Tallinn and the twenty meters of active textile was installed in between two furnaces that are central objects in the space.
The twenty meters of textile is handwoven on a traditional loom and comprise various kinds of yarn as well as optical fibres. Weaving, allowed us to construct the fabric from different materials that glow, reflect and shine — altogether imitating the fluid substance and behaviour of water. To add volume and depth to the fabric, two layers of fabric are interwoven during the weaving process. The nuanced waves of the yarns are accentuated by optical fibres, also woven into the material. Each one of these fibres is connected to an autonomous LED — using these, the fibres are lit up according to data that is received via the internet (wave height and wind strength). Depending on the incoming information, the flickering of light may, for example, increase with storm and calm down during a slight breeze. These delicate light reactions work together with the yarns to create an effect of a sea wave, the light gently playing on the surface of the fabric’s structure.
Concept, design and development:
Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak
Electronics design and programming: Jaan Rebane
Installing: Neeme Külm and Valge Kuup
Interior and space concept:
Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla and Urmo Vaikla
Photos: Tõnu Tunnel
Weaving: Merilin Kruusel
Commissioner: Vaikla Studio