THE MATTER OF SOFTNESS
Workshop, ADSL Week
Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen
Antwerp, Belgium, 2010
coordinator: Aleksandra Jaeschke
softness – the property of giving little resistance to pressure
cushion – something resilient used as a rest, support, or shock absorber
The space of the child, the lovers’ space, the madman’s space …
We will explore the rules of soft space to pursue happiness without loosing grasp of matter. Through physical experiments and with simple yet rigorous digital control devices we will generate small instances of soft spaces capable to give in to a variety of specific requirements and undetermined desires.
Learning from tailors and from upholsterers, we will examine existing softening techniques with the aim of developing continuous cushioned spaces – parametrically-controlled swelling surfaces capable of mitigating the resistance of hard space and absorbing the pressures of soft desires.
materials: fabrics, various types of padding and stuffing materials, buttons, threads and needles.
image 01. Thrust Order, detail – Ciro Najle, 2003, Shar-pei puppies