Imbued with Awe is an optical fiber textile artwork, connected in real-time, via Wi-Fi, to be remote controlled from the blockchain. It connects to Non-Fungible Tokens, whose owners are invited to go through a sacred ritual where they Imbue the artwork with their sense of Awe. These emotions, these sacred words are stored on the Ethereum blockchain and are used to create the color and light that flows through the artwork itself.
Imbued with Awe is the second in a series of seven Imbued artworks by award-winning Swedish artist Malin Bobeck Tadaa. Each artwork is inspired by a ritualistic use of textile from human history. Imbued with Awe represents the sacred, the use of textile to connect us with the divine. It draws inspiration from the Swedish “Åkdyna”, the pillow you placed in your wagon to carry you to church. It is an invitation to journey towards that connection with something bigger than yourself.
“My work is my meditation, and Imbued with Awe came out of the dedication to that meditation. I believe the experience of Awe comes from within ourselves, and that through practice, we all have the ability to create it.” - Malin Bobeck Tadaa
Medium: Custom woven optical fiber fabric. Woven by the artist at Ekelund Weavers in Horred, Sweden. Made with a cotton warp and optical fiber, cotton and shrinking yarn in the weft. 250 addressable LEDs, controlled by a ESP32 microcontroller. Wooden frame.
Dimensions: 135 cm diameter (4.5 ft)
Additional information: Sold to a private collector. Available for loan.
Can the blockchain be used to store emotions?
Each owner of an Imbued artwork, along with 99 NFT holders, may imbue the art with their own interpretation of love, which will be permanently stored on the blockchain.
From there it will affect the visual appearance of the artwork, not only for the current owner, but for every owner thereafter. Digital and physical threads create timeless tokens of emotion, from the memories of each caretaker.