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What is this?

Seemingly irregularly placed red flocked dots which form letters of the Braille alphabet, spelling out the "listen and record" process used in creating this design.

Why is this in our collection?

Listen and Record was created by Ilias Fotopoulos, an artist and designer based in Sydney, Australia, who studied textile and fashion design at the University of Technology, Sydney. Fotopoulos became frustrated when he could not find textiles engineered to suit his design needs and began to experiment by exploiting existing techniques such as heat pressure, boiling, stripping, and clamping. These techniques became the source for his first collection of textiles and wallpapers, produced in late 2003. This paper is from the designer's second collection, introduced in Tokyo in 2007. While it appears to be simply a textural composition of flocked red polka dots, the design of Listen and Record, literally tells... more

This is a sidewall from United Kingdom. It is dated 2009 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Ilias Fotopoulos.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

screenprinted and flocked on paper

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 1000.8 x 71.2 cm (32 ft. 10 in. x 28 1/16 in.) Repeat H: 119 cm (46 7/8 in.)

This object was designed by Ilias Fotopoulos

This object was donated by Ilias Fotopoulos

A timeline of event horizons

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Sidewall, Listen and Record, 2009 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=30 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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