Real-time war rug is a tactile and audiovisual display of the ongoing socio-political conflicts through the medium of war rugs that blurs the boundaries between traditional rugs and technology. We would like to use this soft reminder to draw attention to all conflicts happening around us and the interconnected nature of our ecosystem.
The physical realization of the project is a rug made by tufting technique that consists of two layers: a moving and a still one. The tufted rug depicts the world map, and behind it, there is a layer of motors that is linked to rotatable discs covered with “soft pixels”.
The motors are connected to a global conflict tracker data source, and when a particular location is active on the conflict map the adherent position of the rug starts turning and distorts the visual appearance of the rug by de- and re-constructing the continuity of the pattern.
As it’s often not possible to define the boundaries of a war (territorially and in terms of time), the visualization of the conflict “hot-spots” are not limited to single coordinates of points, but they are represented by a movement that spreads out from the epicenter of a conflict-affected area with a weakening frequency to the surrounding areas, referring to our interdependence.