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Xin And Olani

SILK

By Xin Chen & Olani Ewunnet

Silk is spun by silkworms. Silkworms use threads of silk to make their cocoon, where they transform into another being, winged moths. How might we take a cue from the silkworm’s transformation through self and silk?

SILK builds a space through one material in three acts of manipulation in the physical and digital realms. We explored the material conditions of silk in both, allowing for the physical and digital realms to, like the silkworm, respectively transform through silk.

Act One

Silk, flat. Silk is placed flat on a flat surface. In the digital, the scanned flat silk is flattened further.

Act Two

Silk, compress. Hands compress silk. This manipulation is translated in the digital, recorded through color mapping. The zones where magenta becomes purple becomes blue becomes green are the zones of residual physical energy from the physical. The form is subject to increased compression and motion in the digital.

Act Three

Silk, confine. Silk is placed into a glass, adopting the form of the object. The silk gives opacity to the glass, increasing the legibility of the glass form in the digital, which is typically challenging for photogrammetry software to process accurately. Already manipulated in the physical world, silk glass is inserted into the digital world with minimal manipulation beyond scaling and duplication. .

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