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  • Color Code

    Color Code
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    farnoosh RAFAIE: Color Code provides the opportunity for the individual to generate trigger and sequential memory through the cyclical display of the woven light fixture. As a color is chosen through the control panel, the activated pump runs the initial dye through the transparent tubing. When a sequence is made complete, the secondary color follows, prompting the primary dye to return back to the sourced supply.

    The device continues to cycle, garnering a system in which each container consolidates the dyes until a homogenous product is bred. The completed mechanism exhibits the fleeting temperament of remembrance. As the dye runs through the fixture, it is the distinct and unaffected singular facet of recollection; though as Color Code recycles the sourced dye, it manifests as the indistinguishable and muddled formation of memory.

    Looming the plastic tubing:
    With regard to the application of weaving water filter tubing, I first developed a prototype of a typical circular loom. Mimicking the shape through wooden dowel placed around the edges, I was able to replicate the use at a much larger scale. This enabled a greater thickness of material to be loomed into a cylindrical volume. The proportions were essential in order to allow for the water flow to remain at a constant pressure during the system’s use. With variation in size according to the volume of water coursing through per minute, I was able to ascertain an eighth of an inch diameter tubing to be the appropriate sized material for the fixture.

    Development of Pump System:
    To allow for the fixture to pump various colored fluids throughout each cycle, the planning of the device was completed prior to the development of the light. Locating the position and relationship to the containers of dye, the pump was selected based on its scaled size to the light. With the pump and sized tubing chosen, came the couplings, which enabled the manual switch of the selected color. The prototype was then measured and designed according to its proximity to the woven light fixture. As the model was lasercut into eighth inch acrylic, the final product assembly allowed for a organized clarity of use.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    fR: 200+ ft of plastic tubing, klange, colored dye, plastic looms, manifesting the physical presence of memory, studio 400.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    fR: Listening: Grimes, Washed Out, Cut Copy, Grizzly Bear, Beach House; Reading: See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, Madeline Schwartzman.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    fR: Murmur, FreelandBuck, Oyler Wu, Neil Denari, and Sou Fujimoto.

    Additional credits and links:
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