Phase In,
        Phase Out

Multichannel Sound System Textile Interface / Installation

Technical textile, CuNi galvanized textile, aluminum profiles, perforated aluminum sheets, class D amplifiers, aggregated sound cards, usb hubs, neodymium magnets, custom soft to hard cabeling, MacBook Pro 

Textiles are self-signifying media that string macrocosm and microcosm together, the emerging pattern of senses woven into
a cognitive fabric, the interlinkage of vertices and edges to create an immanent network, our second skin and the next generation interface for human-computer interaction.

“Tissue, textile and fabric are excellent models of knowledge, whereby knowledge can be understood as a perceptual experience.”- Michael Serres.

Phase In, Phase Out is an electromagnetic textile interface, performance-specific sound installation, engineered to explore metamateriality via sound, utilizing body and space as holarchic building blocks for emerging structures addressing the constant poiesis of now. 

At its core, the custom built soft machine, textile hardware which allows for the alogogenic properties of sound to be expressed, removing the relevance of tone, pitch or other musical information sound waves can carry. Focusing on the relation between the textile structure and the vibrational force perceived via physical resonation, resulting from the energy of matter. It is only on and in our body where acoustic waves become discernible.

The interface consisting of 48 independent channels, presents new sonorous aesthetics via dedicated compositions by placing sound throughout the textile in various geometric arrangements, and allowing these to unfurl and extend into movements controlled by voltage, drawing spatial models of invisible geometries. Sonic phenomena are always on the verge of becoming something else, as it emerges, it constitutes space, mediates presence and articulates time.

Phase In, Phase Out at Horizont Gallery, Budapest

“Fiber technology is a foundational technology for humans.” -Dr. Bruce Hardy.  Historically a heavily gender biased media, textiles are currently undergoing a monumental new unfolding, where major technological advancements and material research is leading to further augment their fundamental properties, and by doing so give them new, extended functionalities.

Excerpts and details

Phase In, Phase Out is a multichannel sound system made exclusively from textile, where each coil is capable of vibrating at an individual, independent frequency rate, producing a unique pitch and timbre intrinsically connected to its material properties. These frequencies are produced using Max/MSP and patched allowing for direct control, and movement throughout the textile in order to create a highly detailed acoustic experience within the space. The sound pieces are written specifically for multichannel textile, performed and aimed towards the corporeal experience of sound and shared materiality.

Composition is based solely on frequency rates (Hertz), as opposed to classical structures of strict tones, intervals, and scales proposed by western musical theory. Further sound synthesis occurs only within the physical space, as individual sounds emitted by independent textile speaker coils interact and sculpt the air. 

All sound is uniquely produced by the textile.

Frequency Rate Shutter Sync

Excerpt from “An Excercise on Liminality” at Horizont Gallery


Research and experiments essential to the realization of the installation were carried out within the framework of Judit Eszter Karpati’s PhD research project “Soft Interfaces - Crossmodal Textile Interactions” at the Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest.

Photographs / video: David Biro

Japan Media Arts Festival, Jury Selection, 2020
Decode Award, BORD Architectural Studio, 2020

European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 2020
Faur Zsofi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2020
Sensorium Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2019
Horizont Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2018

Upcoming exhibition
Cyfest - International Media Art Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2021
In-Sonora, Madrid, Spain, 2022