ENTRY POINTS – Experimente zu Raumkonfigurationen [Experimenting with spatial configurations], 2020
XYZ und andere Möglichkeiten sich zu verorten [XYZ and other ways to situate oneself], 2020
How does space influence our perception? Which affects and actions are consciously or unconsciously enabled, or prevented, by spatial settings? What role does the arrangement of bodies play and how does body language change a space? How can the experience of a room be structured through the conscious design of its entrance? Presenting a work physically always means making decisions about specific structures, contexts, materials, social orders and imprints. The initial approach in both workshops is perception and lived experience, because every experience of space is an embodied one.
Concerned with the spatial setting of art and design, the two interdisciplinary workshops (in collaboration with the designer Ebba Fransén Waldhör) were aimed at BA and MA students from all departments at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle (Saale). In the one-week workshop XYZ und andere Möglichkeiten sich verorten, students explored the scope that spatial staging can have on the reception of art, design and social exchange through various process-based interventions, focusing on the location of one's own body as well as social relations in the space. The workshop ENTRY POINTS – Experimente zu Raumkonfigurationen examined space as a social construct with a special focus on the design of entrances. Over four days, the students analysed, tested and experimentally approached different narrative three-dimensional structures, highlighting the moment of entry in public and private spaces, perspective and direction, the temporality, duration and rhythm of entering a space.
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SOFT SHELLS / 2015-2018
Cultures, traditions, fashion and politics are interwoven in clothing; clothing connects and separates. Like a language, it forms a social fabric that can express affiliations, one’s view on others and oneself. By making clothes our own, actively designing, changing, adapting or expanding them, they become the material for personal narratives and can be experienced as a space of possibility. Between 2015 and 2018, I initiated a mobile sewing workshop for young women and girls in different contexts. With different focal points, they were able to remodel/design their own clothes. The sewing workshop can be described as a mobile medium that, like a textile, is constantly deforming, changing, adapting and functions as a place of learning and experience of artistic expression, empowerment and a place of cross-cultural listening.
In 2015-2016, the mobile sewing workshop Klamottenfactory (in cooperation with Susanne Göldner) was set up for young refugee girls in an emergency shelter in Straßburgerstraße and afterwards in a community centre on Teutoburger Platz in Berlin. It was aimed at refugee girls between the ages of 10 and 13 who lived with their families in the emergency accommodation. Additional workshops took place during the holidays with the aim of expanding the sewing workshop into a cross-cultural meeting place for girls from the neighbourhood. In 2016-2017, I set up the sewing workshop with socially disadvantaged schoolgirls in the Alfred Nobel School in Berlin Neukölln and in 2018 in a youth accommodation housing unaccompanied refugee girls in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Afterwards, the sewing workshop was permanently installed in the home so that the residents could use it beyond the duration of the project.
CLOTHES FOR UNKNOWN BODY / 2016
Clothing is never designed for our own body, but always for another, fictional body. In the absence of bodies, their movements and individual postures, conventional design processes are guided by standardized measurement charts. Fashion demands that the body submit to it, not the other way around. What can a design practice that starts from not one but many bodies look like? How can the relationship between bodies and clothing be unlearned and renegotiated?
The one-week design workshop Clothes for an unknown body at the Berlin University of the Arts (in collaboration with Ebba Fransén Waldhör) addressed the question to what extent designers are involved in the reproduction of conventional and standardized body norms. The aim of the workshop for BA and MA students was to use different methods of Design Research to develop new, intuitive and fluid design processes that invite tactile exploration, uncovering and reworking of the many internalized notions of body standards and norms.