Berlin, Germany

Plural Spaces. A Sculptural Matter of Textility

when 1 July 2024 - 5 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 450

The familiar and domestic textile surfaces are commonly associated with private interiors and intimate garments. But woven structures and textile ornaments also manifest in public spaces as part of the city's architecture. Observing textility in - at first glance - differing contexts and dimensions recognises textile technology as an interconnection between the artistic disciplines.

Gottfried Semper's concepts on the interwovenness of textiles, art and architecture lay the foundation for the workshop, which aims to re-evaluate the interdisciplinary relevance of his writings in a contemporary art context.
During the course, participants will discuss theoretical foundations and gain an understanding of contemporary analogue and digital approaches to textiles. The knowledge acquired can then be adapted and integrated into their own artistic process. At first, the established physical, historical and social identities of textile and non-textile materials will be critically reviewed: any raw material can serve as a storytelling tool. But what information can it reveal to us? Following the material research, students will be invited to do practical experiments using textile construction techniques. New hybrid materials and surface compositions will be developed representing new identities. The aim is for participants to create individual interpretations of spatial textiles in the form of objects, skins or façade elements. Challenged by the context and the dialogue between a structure, an ornament, geometry and topology. In the final part of the course, participants will have the opportunity to capture textile architectures and their visual narratives using digital photography, accompanied by the photographer and art director Gedvile Tamošiunaite.

Course leader

Justina Monceviciute

Target group

The course is open to individuals with an interest in textiles, architecture, art, fashion, and product design.

Fee info

EUR 450: EUR 450