The exhibition “Wolpertinger! What they do in collaboration?” by ArcIntex ETN Ph.D. students

Wolpertinger coveris

Our former residents, ArcIntex ETN (European training network) programme students ivite you to their exhibition “Wolpertinger! What they do in collaboration?” on the 28th of November at 6pm at VAA gallery “Akademija” in Vilnius.

28th of November, Monday, 6pm: Vernissage
Performances: Textile Interactions Giedrė & Jyoti; Textile Choreographies Marina & Daniel

29th of November, Tuesday 3pm–6pm: Critical session. Open discussions with invited experts

1st of December, Thursday, 4pm–6pm: Open Studio session – coversations with artists

To describe the body of our collaboration, we could make an analogy to a mythological hybrid animal called “Wolpertinger”, whose appearance evokes the idea that, however different the parts constituting a whole are, they can still merge into a single functioning organism.

The collaborative method we developed during the stay in Lithuania aims to support the heterogeneous character of the individual research projects and emphasize the aspects of the combinatorial logic and connectivity among them.

Being involved in practice based design research, our group decided for the format of the workshop as the main methodological tool that enabled us to extend and hand over the individual research to the domains of the others, and see it coming back or moving forward in an entirely transformed shape. The format of the workshop became instrumental not only for combining our analogue and digital practices and having a variety of media outputs–artefacts, texts, videos, tools, smells, thermal images–but also for connecting our experiments to the place we inhabited and the locally available resources (pine and birch trees, sand, beeswax, wool).

The three-dimensional collaborative map presented in the exhibition is a key element in establishing relations among all actors and the different research domains, simultaneously being a medium to record our actions and a work-in-progress diagram. The heterogeneous network we created includes the diverse outputs of our research, displaying both discontinuity and cohesion of the work processes and offers multiple views of the theme “new forms for more sustainable ways of living”.


MarinaMarina Castan Cabrero
(Royal College of ArtLondon)

Marina Castán is a textile designer by background and carries out research in smart textiles focusing on the importance of the body as a core center of the design process. Castán has an MA in New Media Art Curating from ESDi- MECAD, Ramon Llull University (2013), a Postgraduate in Design and Innovation from the Elisava School of Design, Pompeu Fabra University (2008) and a Bachelor in Textile Design from ESDi Design SchoolRamon Llull University (2005).  Before joining the ArcInTex project, she was researcher and professor at Textile and Fashion Department in the ESDi Design School (Ramon Llull University) in Barcelona.

 In her aim for the ArcInTex project to explore the possibilities of the smart textiles within the Architecture field, Castán is interested in how the adaptive and responsive system is understood as a structure-space that is sensitive to some external stimuli, interacting actively with its surrounding. It can interact at different levels, micro-macro, modifying and shaping the experience to inhabit that space by suggesting new affordances that lead us to new ways of interacting with the urban settings.

Daniel Suarez cv picDaniel Suárez
(UDK Berlin)

Daniel Suarez is an architectural designer from Spain currently undertaking his Ph.D. as an ArcInTexETN research fellow at Berlin University of Arts (UdK), where he investigates textile structures for adaptable and responsive architecture.

He graduated from Madrid Polytechnic University in 2004 with an MA in Architecture and Urban Planning and he has also been trained as CG Architect. He gained professional experience working for the international architecture practice as Toyo Ito Spain Associates Architects among others. In 2004 he founded the architectural visualization firm Bounced Light Studios with Jose Corraliza and Mabel Toledo. The main goal was to provide 3D services to other architectural and engineering firms. During the last years, Daniel has also participated in various architectural competitions and international projects. 

 Iva Resetar PhotoIva Resetar
(UDK Berlin)                                 

Iva Resetar  is an architect and an ArcInTex ETN research fellow at Berlin University of Arts, where she investigates textile structures for adaptable and responsive architecture. Iva has a professional degree in architecture from Technical University of Belgrade with a specialization in sustainable architectural design. Continuing her education at Städelschule in Frankfurt, she received the Master of Arts in Advanced Architectural Design in the class of Prof. van Berkel. Her studies were supported by a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

Iva gained professional experience working both independently and for offices in Belgrade and Germany on competition design and planning of number of projects involving digital modelling and fabrication techniques (1st prize in the international competition for the Extension of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, 1st prize in the competition for the bridge over Koblenzer Strasse in Mainz, both at Schneider+Schumacher in Frankfurt). For her research on inhabitable textiles, she received a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

 BastianBastian Beyer
(Royal College of Art, London)

Bastian Beyer is in the Textiles program at Royal College of Art, London. B. Beyer studied Architecture in Munich and Berlin. He graduated from Berlin University of Arts in 2015. Throughout his work, he experiments with innovative manufacturing methods and their relation to specific design tasks. For his Diploma, he investigated the use of renewable compound materials and possible applications within architecture. Questioning modern materials and their intensive use of energy and resources he developed a solar powered manufacturing method for biodegradable building components. For this work, he received the Max Taut Prize of the Berlin University of Arts 2015.

JyotiJyoti Kapur
(University of Borås)

Jyoti Kapur, 1973 born in India. She is a knitwear designer and has been working in the fashion industry since 1996. She has had her formal education (Bachelors) in textiles with a specialization (Masters) in knitwear at NIFT, New Delhi, India. She started her career in the knitwear industry in Ludhiana also called as “Manchester of India” aka knitwear industrial city. In 2002 she moved to Europe and studied in Germany, she graduated with a Best Graduate Prize from VDI- 2005, Baden Wuerttemberg and a prize for Outstanding Achievement of a foreign Student from DAAD-2004. She holds a Masters Degree in Textile and Clothing Technology from FH-Reutlingen/FH-Albstadt-Ebingen. With her vast knitwear knowledge and experience she joined as the lead Designer for the acclaimed knitting machine manufacturer, Stoll GmbH Germany in their Shanghai, ChinaDesignCenter. Later she moved to Zurich, Switzerland to continue her passion for knitwear fashion. Parallel to that she studied part-time at the Zurich University of Arts, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Trans-Disciplinarity.

Currently she is a PhD Researcher at the SwedishSchool of Textiles, University of Borås under the ArcInTex program. Her research is focusing on smells at the intersection between textiles, architectural spaces, and interaction.

As a part of the PhD research, five ArcInTexETN fellows from the fields of textile design and architecture and fields worked together for three months in Lithuania to develop a collaborative project addressing the theme of “new forms for more sustainable ways of living”.

ArcInTexETN network is a consortium of 5 universities and 3 companies that comprises a total of 15 doctoral candidates distributed across 6 universities comprising: Vilnius Art Academy, Royal College of Art, Boras School of Textiles, Berlin University of the Arts and Eindhoven University of Technology. The aim of the network is to connect textiles, architecture and interaction design to investigate new forms of more sustainable ways of living. The PhD students are divided in three work packages of 5 researches, each dealing with different scales: body, interior and architecture. The work exhibited here addressed the scale of architecture.