What is a Screen Pixelator?

A low-tech approach can use coffee cups or toilet roll tubes and cardboard boxes to create the screen.  Thin fabric or even paper then becomes a capped screen, and in a few easy steps these materials from the home recycle box become a dynamic light sculpture for the living room.


How does it work?

To the best of my knowledge – the different colours of the screen get mixed to an average colour value in each of the pixelators’ shape spaces.

The light is diffused and as the screen changes the simplified screen colours change too, resulting in a unique  and abstract changing view.

Who’s making them and how?

Some designs use bought materials and lots of hot glue, others use reused materials and the lego version is reusable of course.

MonkeyBrains from Craftster (archived) gives instructions for making one from toilet paper tubes, white fabric and a box

Corey Marie from The Hipster’s Guide (archived) gives instructions to make one from plastic piping, a picture frame, wood and white fabric. Not recycled but sturdy.

Touchy Lab from Japan describes how to make one from Lego and paper.

The above 2 designs have quite a lot of black space around each segment.

Allerian uses plastic blocks from sets of the game ‘Don’t Break the Ice’ to create a screen.

Jason Eppink shares instructions of how he makes his pixelators to transform video billboards into street art. His design uses foamboard, diffusion gel, gaffa tape and hot glue. He uses reusable adhesive putty to stick them to the billboards.

Other designs include:

The Groovetube which is a translucent plastic box that suction cups to the TV.

Aram Bartholl used a ‘translucent projection folie’ mounted on a cardboard grid to make his TV Filter.

So there we have it – a selection of different designs and instructions. View them on the EcoMakery Research site.

See examples of EcoMakery Screen Pixelators make from things from the recycling bin: