As part of our work package 2 collaborative project, each of us run a workshop where others were invited to experience different explorations as a way to introduce our research topic to them. Each of us wrote down a short description of the action he or she would like to conduct. Before the start of the workshop, the leader gave a short explanation proposing different things to do but leaving it up to others for exploring alternative options. The results are a collection of low-prototypes that work as a physical place to think of our own research through other´s perspective. In this sense, we discovered some overlappings that help us to find new possible ways of collaborating together. The workshops were conducted in two days and the topics were as follows:

Bastian Beyer | Reinforced sand morphologies

The group investigated how textile materials can be used to reinforce sand-based structures. The task focused on the direct structural interaction between the two agencies (sand, woven textile) and searched for morphologies where this interaction is the driving force of the form finding (structures which could not be doable with just one of the materials).

 

Jyoti Kapur | Creating Interactive spaces using wood

How the wood would smell when handled differently. For example by scratching the bark slowly and steadily with a fine blade. Or by cutting through the wood at different angles. By shaving the wood and so on and so forth, or by making use of charred wood to create a space that calls for interaction. The interaction could be something performative or just play for an example.

 

Marina Castán | Textile transitions: exploring the concept of spatiality through the body

In a series of exercises, we explored how the material properties of the textiles interact with the body in context.  I wanted them to explore the textiles as a medium that creates a transition state. I asked them to focus on the experience of inhabiting the textiles, the relation from the inside to the outside while being inside. Each of the transitions was shaped by the properties of the material in relation to the body movement.

Daniel Suárez | Augmented textile logics

How can a textile logic be augmented? We explored how a section from a given textile pattern made with bobbin lace technique could be scaled up by understanding its logics. Approaching the exercise from a graphical perspective while following a digital diagram.

 

Iva Resetar | Thermal Boundaries

The aim of the workshop was to develop an understanding of the relationship between the thermal and the physical boundary. We investigated the situations when these boundaries coincide or differ and looked into the thermal contrasts and transitions behind different material configurations using the infra-red camera. Working with melted wax, we made a series of small-scale spatial structures test different encapsulation methods and the transformation of the material through the heat.

Posted by:Marina Castán

Designer and researcher

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