Soft Technology 2011

An exhibition at SOFT gallery

1st April – 1st May 2011

Soft Technology 2011 exhibits works using smart materials, e-textiles and traditional electronics as a starting point. The artworks use different approaches towards the [materiality/materials] and tell different stories. Still they are connected by a quest for giving the unstable, the unknown and unpredictable a form and visuality, both in content and material.

About the artists and the artworks

Celine Marq
Inconspicuous Matter
two wallpaper panels // 250*55 cm each

Energy is an invisible and yet incredibly valuable resource. In the domestic environment, electricity is the first named energy manifestation. However, hidden within the design of unappealing appliances and mechanisms that minimize energy’s real importance and significance, electrical energy access is, for most people, taken for granted. Inconspicuous Matter is a material research project that aims to develop responsive materials for future ambient displays, which would make it possible to visualize electrical energy flows. Considering textile and material design as a sensitive interface for reflection and thoughtful participation, the aim of this project is to visualize electrical energy flows, consequently demanding the viewers’ attention and potentially generating their awareness.
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Celine recently graduated with a distinction from the MA Design for Textile Futures course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of Arts, London. She works as a material designer and researcher.

Ricardo O’Nascimento

The name e-ansã comes from the name of an Orisha: Iansan. Iansan is a spirit entity of the Afro-Brazilian religious faith Candomblé. This entity is connected with winds, hurricanes and tempests and has the power to control these natural forces.
The E-ansã dress is made out of ribbons called “fitinhas do Senhor do Bonfim” and are used in a religious context in Brazil. The presence of cell phone frequency signals breathes life into the ribbons of the dress. Religion, invisible forces, tradition and technology are mixed together in this artwork that intends to create an awareness of electronic pollution.
The intention of the project is to transform an invisible phenomenon (electromagnetic radiation) into another invisible phenomenon (wind).
Ricardo O’Nascimento is an artist and a researcher within media and interactive art. He creates and develops intelligent clothing that draws new boundaries to the relation between body and environment.

Kristina Aas
linen table cloth (140×140 cm) printed with thermochromic ink and Expandex, table, heating cables, motion sensor

In her work, Kristina Aas questions how we experience and see our physical surroundings. We take our senses for granted and believe they can describe the world as it is. Therein lies a big restriction. We can experience only a specific wavelength of light or specific frequencies of sound. You think you see one thing, but it appears to be quite different. The insecurity that emerges from this makes one humble and, hopefully, gives room for reflection.
In the work Leftovers Kristina Aas invites the viewer to the table. The viewer’s presence alone is enough to change the starting point. When approaching the table, the table setting disappears, leaving barely visable leftovers from the meal.
Kristina Aas finishes her MA in textiles at Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 2011, and has exhibited her works at several exhibitions in Norway and Lithuania.

Hillevi Munthe
wool, silk, flexinol

Laminaria has organical and rhythmical movements that are experienced as a bodily presence. Like a seaweed forest, the artwork is an independent and quiet, yet monumental lifeform.
Hillevi Munthe is an art historian and a textile artist. She is also the artistic director of the project Soft Technology.

Click here for more about the project Soft Technology.