2011

Faraday Curtain

Loop.pH


Details

Location:
City Gate House, Reception
Bloomberg Waste Used:
2500 metres of cable

Design studio Loop.pH’s ‘Faraday Curtain’ is made from hundreds of metres of discarded electrical cable, stripped of its inner core and conductive shielding and rethreaded into an intricately laced textile mesh. The resultant ephemeral textile enclosure provides a soft and sheer shielding from electromagnetic fields.

Loop.pH worked with a team of lace-makers to develop a methodology to work with this non-standard material. Lace making is a highly complex and computational method of manipulating many fibres into a cloth and is a dying textile tradition in the UK. Ironically, lacemaking and weaving fibres can be described as the precursor to the modern day computer as it was the logic of the Jacquard loom that inspired Charles Babbage in the early 19th century.

This work focuses on some unintentional by-products electronic technologies have surrounded us with: incidental soundscapes and electromagnetic fields. As both are invisible they tend not to be considered within the design process and also the day-to-day experience of much of the built environment and workplace.

The calm and tranquil sculptural space provided by the ‘Faraday Curtain’ is an opportunity to surrender electronic devices and mobile phones for a few brief moments, as inside the curtain internet access will cease to connect.

About the Artist

Loop.pH is a London based art and design studio set up by Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield (M Phil) RCA. They are internationally recognised for the design and fabrication of ephemeral textile architecture and living environments. The studio explores the role of art and design in public space and society. They consult on creative strategies and future scoping for industry and the public sector, with hospitals, schools and regeneration agencies commissioning their work.

Their work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY, the V&A Museum, London and Lord Norman Fosters Private Art Collection, Geneva.