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!
This video shows the concept behind my project Imminent Body.
What if Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality in the mid future? We may be able to see it as part of our everyday objects and materials that we see today as "dumb" will transform into conscious entities.
I imagined textile manufacturing as an act of programming, where behaviours are mixed just as today is done with different features from different yarns.
If you can't see the video here's the Vimeo link: Body WIP