Textile Farming : Speculate, collaborate, define – textile thinking for future ways of living. Textile museum in Borås, March 23 -7 May 2017
The exhibition Speculate, collaborate, define – textile thinking for future ways of living, is a work in progress by the PhD students in the ArcInTexETN project. ArcInTexETN is an EU-funded training network of early stage researchers exploring new expressions of living through textile thinking. They collaborate in three scales – building, interior, and body – looking into methods for turning current scientific knowledge into the design of new forms of living. With videos as their main medium, the students present different takes on the subject. In “Ahti”, a speculative short film about the first human being born in space, the story is set in the future. It’s 2076 and there is no water left on our planet Earth. Ahti wears the same suit every day, like a second skin. The skin has different properties that protect him and allow him to walk on any surface, levitate, communicate and store energy. Have you heard about the Wolpertinger? It’s a hybrid animal whose appearance evokes the idea that, however different the parts are, they constitute a whole, functioning organism. With the animal as an analogue, a collection of videos are projections of different pieces of work, showing a patchwork of cooperation, exposing the working process of collaborative design. The film “What is interior?" presents an interior landscape, a shifting view of this paradoxical space, narrated by a linguistic review that argues to define the term interior. The film gives an examination of the definitions that frame the term, as well as creating the fleeting textures that shapes it. Oh, and bring your nose and your curiosity! This is not only an audio-visual exhibition.
Physical description [en]
The Installation, as part of the exhibition was representing the research project 'On Textile Farming'. The outline of a house, depicted with steel struts, was supposed to be a hybrid home and was furnished with textiles from which, if regularly watered by visitors to the exhibition, edible plants would grow. Drizzle provided additional irrigation that resulted in puddling, to provoke a different perspective on living with plants indoors. The Textiles were seen as mediators between plants and people. Through their arrangement as e.g. roof, wall, carpet, they also opened up for a discussion about textiles beyond interiors - in a more architectural context, questioning rigid structures and the clear separation between inside and outside spaces.
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