After the first individual workshops of each researcher as posted earlier by Marina Castan;through the feedback and reflections of the group, the idea of time line based network was discussed. Some ideas of collaborations starting to emerge within each of the research areas. These collaborations formed after the first workshop series were definitely not a linear process. There are overlaps and branching out at different levels within different researchers. By this process individual projects were informed through the collaborations and vice and versa.

At the same time these collaborations made each one of us look back at our own research practice critically. Borrowing the perspectives of the team members while reflecting upon the workshops, the thoughts organically mingled-up, added-up and so the next iterations were planned.

Bastian Beyer  | Active – Passive – In between

Based on the findings of the first workshop, the aim was to further investigate the relation between two divergent material systems while interacting with each other. During the first setup, two different material groups were arranged to interact with each other (sand as filling material, textile as reinforcing material) through human manipulation. This created a system of active and passive components within the assembly (A unit consisting of components that have been fitted together, oxford dict.) process (human=active agent, sand, textiles = passive).

The aim is to document the relation of these active and passive elements or actors within a manufacturing process through moving image.

Looking into co-authorship on a micro scale within different material categories, these actions can’t be directly observed in their making therefore the workshop proposes an (speculative) abstraction on a different scale. The idea is to observe an active actor (in that case a human body) manipulating a passive material system or “nature” in general.

The filming technique point-of-view shooting seems to provide a suitable way to, on the one hand personify passive materials and on the other hand “objectify” the human manipulator.

As means of documentation common mobile phone cameras can be used in various configurations and modifications.

The collaboration here were done in 2 different episodes-

  1. Parasitic collaboration-

the cameras were installed on the body during the workshop Textile maneuver by Daniel Suarez and Marina Castán. The processes of making and interaction of human (active) – material (passive) or human (active)-human (active) was recorded.

  1. Participative collaboration – Into the wild

during a forest walk the documentation focused on the relation of human (active)- nature (active?)

Daniel Suarez and Marina Castán | Textile Maneuver


The focus of this workshop was to explore how a textile logic can be performed by the body following certain rules inspired by bobbin lace textiles. By the movements of our bodies with a textile ribbon attached to it, a pattern was created in two consecutive phases:

  1. An intuitive pattern by using the trees based on braiding principles.
  1. An intuitive pattern based on weaving principles that was to create an overlap with the previous pattern.

The body-textile maneuvers were captured in real time by a camera placed on top of the tree.

Iva Resetar and Jyoti Kapur | Constructing Microclimates

This workshop intended to increase the range of available thermal experiences and smells within a homogenous climate of the room. Using the textile envelopes, each hanging and enclosing a space around a roof window in a big room, a series of interiors within interiors were created. These constructed microclimates were tempered by the envelopes and the windows above.

The collaboration explored two elements of the individual research, heat and smell through a single medium of the textile envelope. When exploring thermal conditions, the focus was on how the heat was retained and released through the envelope; the focus when exploring the smells were retaining and disseminating the smells over a period of time.

Wax and wood were used in the previous individual workshops and were explored further here. The possibilities were looked at as how to integrate these materials into the double skin of the textile envelope and observe how the material transforms through and generates the heat and smell. The scale of the smells in this way were explored, three different scales at which the smells were predominant. The macro scale became the ambience of the big room, miso scale became the one within the microclimate and the micro scale was the textiles and membranes used to create the envelopes.


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