I'm very excited to tell you that I will be showcasing the project I have been working on for the last couple of busy months in Chile at Ventura Lambrate 2015
Please stay tuned for more info on HATCH, a furniture and textiles collection that will be on display at the Minini Gallery between the 14 and 19 of april, as part of a super exciting show prepared with my lovely colleagues from All things in Between
Imminent Body: inteligencia artificial y usabilidad en los textiles del futuro
Este jueves 26 de marzo tendré el honor de dar inicio al ciclo de charlas "Textiles Locales" en la escuela de Diseño UC con una presentación enfocada al diseño especulativo y el futuro de los materiales textiles según el estado actual de la tecnología y sus proyecciones, todo esto basado en mi proyecto de maestría en Textile Futures Imminent Body.
La charla es gratuita y abierta y están todos cordialmente invitados. Si quieren asegurar su cupo pueden hacerlo en este link
Agradezco al departamento de extensión de la escuela por el espacio y la difusión.
Imminent Body: artificial intelligence and usability in the textiles of the future
This upcoming Thursday 26 of march I'll have the honour to kick-start the cycle of talks "Local Textiles" at the Design school from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. The presentation will have a focus on speculative design and it is an invitation to reflect on the future of textile materials according to the current state of technology and its projections, all based on my MA project for Textile Futures Imminent Body.
The talk is free and you are all cordially invited. If you would like to reserve a place you can do it in this link.
Thanks to the extension department of the school for the space and diffusion.
Mark Leckey, GreenScreenVegetables, 2011 on Mousse magazine 37
This is a very interesting article on Techno-animism. It was one of the sources of consultation when writing my critical text handed in earlier this year. If you are interested in learning about the topic and getting a more concrete perspective about it then I definitely recommend you to read it.
Este es un artículo muy interesante sobre Tecno animismo. Es una de las fuentes que consulté mientras escribí el texto crítico que entregué un poco antes este año. Si están interesados en saber algo más sobre el tema desde una perspectiva más concreta entonces definitivamente recomiendo leerlo.
Está disponible desde el sitio de Mousse en italiano e inglés ACÁ.
Last year (2013) in May I had the chance to present this exciting project at Nissan Design Europe as part of the MA Textile Futures (now Material Futures) course. I wasn't able to upload it before because of the privacy agreement but finally here it is.
The name of the project was Emerging Cities / Emerging Trends and the idea was, as the name indicates, to explore the emerging behaviours and scenarios in cities that are now witnessing accelerated growth.
Fulfiling a personal fascination with spies I chose Moscow between three cities (Lagos, Nairobi and Moscow) and you can see the results here.
El año pasado (2013) en mayo tuve la oportunidad de presentar este interesante proyecto en las oficinas de Nissan Design Europe como parte del MA Textile Futures (ahora Material Futures). No podía publicarlo antes por motivos de privacidad pero finalmente acá está.
El nombre del proyecto era Emerging Cities / Emerging Trends (Ciudades emergentes / Tendencias Emergentes) y la idea era, tal como el nombre lo indica, explorar los patrones de comportamiento y contextos emergentes en ciudades que presencian un crecimiento acelerado.
Satisfaciendo una fascinación personal con los espías escogí Moscú entre tres ciudades (Lagos, Nairobi y Moscú) y los resultados los pueden ver acá.
Timeframe for the project with stills from 2001 and Blade Runner. Extract from critical text handed in on May 2014
I used the two movies I consider to be more successful in terms of defining a specific year for the project.
It could not be less than 37 years but as 2014 + 37 = 2051 that sounds a bit weak or "too near". We are conditioned in a way to remember certain numbers better than others. According to Pythagoras' number theory both movies' years are masculine years (even). I decided for 2057 because seven (7) or Heptad is considered a perfect number. It also has among its names Fortune and Occasion "because it occurs casually and opportunely to everything".1
So, a little bit about the scenario in 2057 and the pieces I developed for the project:
What can happen with society if it is now forced to interact and understand things and devices in a different way?
How can textiles enable us to envision our ability to comprehend the boundaries and outcomes of the interaction between conscious materials and us?
The piece focuses its attention in materials now considered as objects and what is a device. The dialogue we will be able to have with materials that are no longer obedient executors of our will but a more autonomous entity that will demand different ways of handling and tools that suit this new nature in order to work with them.
I have received several requests to upload the timelines of my project. I developed these two timelines when I was mapping out the information at the beginning of the project.
There was so much information that I decided the only way I could understand it was to turn it into a timeline, then that timeline became two and that is how I was able to identify some common things across history that I wanted to use for the project. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions about them (also if you need them in higher resolution for your blog, projects or press purposes).
Feel free to use them and remember to credit them properly!
And continuing with the Imminent Body fever I can now show you the secret repository I kept throughout the project.
I used it to store references and it tells a bit about the visual and aesthetic journey of the project. You can find a wide variety of references, from Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes' quotes to stunning images of Yohji Yamamoto or Hussein Chalayan's work.
It is here: imminentbody.tumblr.com . Please feel free to drop by and use the references you need or to add me as your Tumblr contact 😉
I have the honor to present the beautiful logo design the Chilean studio Comunas Unidas did for my project.
"A geometric grid able to generate multiple combinations from the movement of vertices and axes"
Beautiful and simple for effective results. This logo is used in printed material but should work for animation and moving image as well. Thanks again to Manuel and Myrna and to all of you who don't know their work please have a look at their website, you will be delighted.