White Cart Loom exhibited in ISEA (2017)

boredomresearch exhibited their White Cart Loom installation in the Museo de Arte de Caldas at ISEA 2017 exhibition on Bio-Creation & Peace (11 – 18 June 2017).

Opening a space to reflect on the interaction between industrial processes and sustainability in a world populated by 7.4 billion humans – each with a strong sense of unique identity – boredomresearch are integrating biology and computation to create a unique pearlescent paisley form for every human alive on earth. In doing so they have re-imagined the paisley pattern as if it had grown in the shell of a freshwater pearl mussel, reconnecting the design with its bio-inspired origins.

White Cart Loom is a digital artwork built using real time 3D software, presented in the form of a full size reconstruction of a Jacquard loom, where the Jacquard (the mechanism which reads punch cards to control the raising a lowering of threads), has been replaced by a contemporary computer.


A large HD screen is mounted behind a length of white fabric; as though in production. On this screen a digital shuttle shoots back and forth and unique forms, inspired by the paisley pattern, are fed in from the top. Once fully in view, each form is released, bursting into life with its unique motion characteristics propelling it in smooth liquid spirals across the screen. Eventually these forms drift from view as new ones are created. The forms are composed by combining geometric elements, following a bio-inspired grammar and nodular construction, with modulated oscillations of scale and rotation. The forms are textured with a pearlescent quality, varying in hue, and include some coloured jewel like elements and occasional glowing parts. Every form created is unique and the process of creation will continue until a form has been created for every human alive on earth on the date of first launch.

The process is accompanied by a mellow and sombre generative audio composition, including dark G major 7th and E minor tones, natural motifs and the gentle rhythmic beats of the loom. The structure is illuminated from within by a caged light, picking out the threads and casting shadows on the surrounding surfaces.