0504, Active Textile, 2017–18
A textile is mounted to a flexible frame, resembling a room divider. Small perforations in the textile open and close in response to heat and light. The Self-Assembly Lab at MIT investigates materials that can "sense" and respond to their environment without robotic mechanisms. This Active Textile, created with Designtex and Steelcase for the exhibition, shows how programmable materials can enter our spaces. The perforations could close in response to bright sunlight, or open up on a cloudy day.
Self-Assembly Lab, MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, founded 2013); Designtex (New York, New York, USA, founded 1961); Steelcase (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, founded 1912); Textile combined with active polymers; Courtesy of Self-Assembly Lab, MIT + Designtex + Steelcase; Self-Assembly Lab Team: Schendy Kernizan, Andrew Moorman, Bjorn Sparrman, Jared Laucks, Skylar Tibbits; Designtex Team: Matthew Noterman, Kyle Wilson, Shaina Garfield, Carol Derby; Steelcase Team: Paul Noll, Sharon Tracy; Courtesy of Self-Assembly Lab, Designtex, and Steelcase
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.