The Samoan art forms of Tatau (tattoo) and Tapa (bark cloth) have gone all 2.0 in the hands of Vaimaila Urale, who has created a unique set of digital patterns using basic keyboard characters, motifs and symbols.
Typeface merges the concept of ASCII art with interactive technology and contemporary Polynesian mark making.
Working in collaboration with digital media artist Johann Nortje, Urale has designed an installation work where the viewer’s physical movements activate unique layers of patterning; people’s reflections become embedded with vibrant Pacific patterns.
Typeface is on at CoLab until March 21.
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