During three days, from the 24th and the 27th of May 2016, WP3 met up in Berlin to analyse the outcomes and documentation from our previous workshop in Boras that involved prototyping spatial structures with knitted fabrics. We started the first day by sharing our individual research topics and giving feedback and exchanging ideas. Next we used the images of the structures made in Boras as a starting point to describe and reflect on the different spatial qualities of the constructed spaces. This day of reflections led us to discussing our own ways of working individually as well collaboratively for the ArcintexETN research.

On the second day we took the discussions from the previous day further and described the group as a constellation of different expertise and interests. We envisioned the collaborative work as a space to discuss common concerns such as scale, interior, movement etc. We developed a better understanding of the scope our collaborative work as a space to share and develop research methods for investigating the intersection of textiles, architecture and interaction design from the perspective of the interior scale.

wp3-berlinworkshop-featWe used the following days to map our different interests, ideas for research methods, research goals and future visions. We started with noting different ideas on post its and then reorganising and categorising them to reveal a larger view of the group’s vision and collaborative work. We categorised the post-its into four categories that described the group’s overall research objectives, underlying principles of working, research methods and specific research needs (skills, tools etc.). A digitised version of the map is below.

Some specific outcomes that came out of the mapping session:

  • describing the group as a constellation of perspectives and skills, and thereby each of us taking on ‘special agency’.
  • thinking about activities or rituals that could be integrated into our collaborative work. In our individual works, movements and embodiment is integral to our research methods, and we wanted to bring this element into our collaborative work as well.
  • Formulating “staging” as a common method for the group for setting up and testing future scenarios.
Posted by:Ramyah Gowrishankar