[ISEA2023] Artists Talk: Joan Truckenbrod — Digital Weaving the Mycelium

Artist Statement

Theme: Interspecies Subtheme: Symbiotic Imaginaries

Keywords: Digital Textiles, Mycelium, Coded Algorithmic Textiles, Digital Weave

With digital weaving I am creating installations envisioning the symbiosis, and communication patterns within the mycelium. Woven in, fiber optics create sparks of light together with 3D surfaces of digital embroidery. Incorporating thread colored with dye created by fungi in a lab, is a model for sustainable color in textile arts, fashion and design.

Working in the liminal space between the digital/virtual and the physical, material realm, my
artworks in progress are digital textiles that will be part of an installation envisioning the
mycelium; a symbiotic interdependent community of organisms communicating through
electric impulses. Creating the complexity of twisted, tangled lines of the fibrous networks that
are invisible, hidden underground, as digital fiber art, uses thread colored with dye created by fungi in a lab. This is a model for creating sustainable color in the textile arts, fashion and textile design industries.

  • Joan Truckenbrod (USA) began creating coded algorithmic drawings and textiles in 1974 with FORTRAN. One of his these textiles is in Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age 1952 – 1982 at LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and another in the Whitney Museum exhibition Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965 – 2018. Her artwork is represented by RCM Galerie in Paris.