Two fabric loops, driven by a motor divide space and create sound.

In her sound installation Fabricmachine, Kathrin Stumreich interprets textile fabric as sound-on-film track. Using an optical sensor, she translates the moving structure of fabric panels into a rhythmic soundscape. This installation reduces one of the earliest digital applications, the automatic industrial production of weaving patterns to a state of sensual perception. The fabrics are arranged not for their fashionable value but as notation of a multi-layered sound collage. The way in which the pieces of cloth have been sewn togetheter is repsonsible for beats, breaks, and rhythms in the score. Fabricmachine undertakes a search for musical structures found in the texture and composition of fabrics, and thus cultural artifacts like textiles become a medium of data storage.