During the secondment at the Swedish school of Textiles, we organised a series of work sessions that were each led by a member of the work package 3 and the rest of the members participated. These workshops enabled each of the researcher to bring a topic for investigation to the group based on her own research and use the group as a resource for taking the research further. These work sessions focused on hands-on investigations involving working with materials, engaging with the body and surrounding spaces –  following an approach defined by our group as ‘staging’.
So far we have had 2 workshops, one led by Ramyah Gowrishankar (Exploring interior scale textile interactions) and one by Juste Peciulyte (Props for ‘atmospheric performance’) :

Exploring interior scale textile interactions

This workshop focused on exploring the approach of staging by setting a scene for engaging with textiles and the immediate interior surfaces through large scale bodily interactions. The workshop was divided into two parts.
The first part encouraged bodily explorations with textiles on the basis of an open-ended premise.
Invent a textile contraption that collects electrons from the interior surfaces.
For it to work properly, your contraption essentially:
needs movement in interaction
needs to come in physical contact with surfaces of an interior

(1.5 hrs)

The second part of the workshop, looked to find descriptions and reflect on the different interactions and objects that appeared in the first part. Followed by trying to verbally articulate the previous explorations to build narratives or imagine future inventions:

We will take each idea to the stage
short video where you demo and explain your invention
think about:
what actions you are performing with the textiles
how big or small are the movements
what surfaces are you using
(1 hr)

The workshop helped to discover concrete interactions with textiles and interior surfaces. It was interesting to see how others move, handle and inhabit large pieces of textiles. The findings from this workshop were taken further in the form of sketching and prototyping electrostatic textile interactions.

Props for ‘atmospheric performance’

This session intended to explore the staging approach when designing spatial situations with material surfaces and atmospheric conditions, such as humidity and heat. The session was organised in 3 parts: warm-up, act, enact. Participants were given the following guidelines for a short session of 3 hours:

Build a prop that creates an ‘atmospheric performance’. While finding, creating, combining, collaging surface(s) – that is your prop –integrate at least one airy condition’s aspect (humidity, air movement, light etc.);

Set up a scene – an atmospheric performance with a help of your prop.

Capture a scene – an image that depicts and suggests an atmospheric performance. 

This work session, namely the results and participants’ feedback gave me insights on how can I make progress my individual studio work (staging atmospheres with surfaces) and refine the framework for  future workshops.

warm up.JPGwarm-up making props for atmospheric props.JPG
props-for-atmosphere-staging-humidityacting – building props
prop for atmosphere staging.jpgenacting – setting and capturing a scene of an atmospheric performance
Posted by:Ramyah Gowrishankar