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Maggie Orth: Moving Towards Stillness

Textiles meet technology in these interactive sculptures that change colour!

Maggie Orth’s interactive quilts are a synthesis of ancient craft and cutting-edge technology. Pushing the boundaries of textiles and digital art, each quilt contains conductive yarn woven into the back of its weave. When you press a button, heat-sensitive ink printed onto the weave changes colour, creating a vibrant tapestry of patterns. Over time, these patterns are burned into the quilt permanently as the ink fails to return fully to its original dark colour.

Referring to them as colour-change textiles, Orth says, “From the very first time a viewer pushes the button to watch them perform, they are dying: moving toward stillness and the end of their electronic life.” Touch and see this fascinating work that questions the effectiveness of modern technology and highlights the ephemeral quality of art and, ultimately, life.

Join us for the opening reception on Sunday, September 23.

Image credit: Maggie Orth, 100 Electronic Art Years, 2009, hand-woven cotton, rayon, conductive yarns, silver ink, thermochromic ink, drive electronics and software. Photo by David Klugston.