The Zipper Orchestra

Zipper Orchestra is an interactive video installation that combines the Conductor Musical Score as a physical controller and the Zipper Actions Collage Video as musical display.


The screen is filled with 9 video clips from different people zipping and unzipping their clothes. By moving 9 physical sub zippers and 1 main zipper attached in a canvas, users can control the individual zipper motion in the screen as a conductor. The main long zipper will control 9 motions all together. As the audience zips and unzips zippers on the musical schore different pitch of string instrument come out form the speaker.

A work by Joo Youn Paek (who also made the polite umbrella!), in collaboration with Gabe Barcia-Colombo (sound design) and Leif Mangelsen (software tech).