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Haptosonics (Planned for 2015)

Technological textiles.

Can we touch without really touching? Can we transform touch into an instrument? Can textiles sound?


HAPTOSONICS is an exhibition project which focuses on the artistic potential of new textile technology. It opens up to develop a new visual language that connects traditionally opposing fields like technology and interactive communication with textiles and soft materials.


During the opening of Digital Arts Center (DAC) of the University of Stockholm, Tincuta Heinzel will make a presentation of the Haptosonics project. Started in collaboration with Hillevi Munthe and Atelier Nord in Oslo, the second stage of the project is planned to take place at DAC in 2015.

Haptosonics, term coined from the juxtaposition of “haptic” and “sonic”, is a project that proposes an incursion in the world of physical computing and exploits the relationships that can be established between tactile and acoustic forms of experience. Focusing on the artistic potential of the alliance between digital technologies and fiber materials, the project aims to present some of the most relevant approaches of computational aesthetics in the field of textile materials.

Controlled most of the time by electronic and digital systems, the performances of textile materials confront us to augmented sensations, while the translation between different systems of sensors and actuators are putting us in front of a new aesthetic territory.

The works which will compose Haptosonics exhibition in 2015 are playing with and overlapping certain common places we have when it comes to textiles and fabrics. The red line which guides the selection of the works is the “poetic fiber” of material computing and engages the different layers of interventions when it comes to digital materialities.


Link to Atelier Nord in Oslo where Haptosonics was exhibited earlier:

http://ateliernord.no


Biography

Tincuta Heinzel is an artist, scholar and curator, member of Paidia Institute (Cologne, Germany) and of 2580 Association (Cluj, Romania). Following Visual Arts and Cultural Anthropology studies in Cluj, she completed her PhD thesis at Paris 1 University (France).

Her area of research is the relationship between art and technoscience, with a special focus on smart materials and wearable technologies. Her artistic production focuses on electronic textiles and interactive installations and engages the ways in which technologies can be diverted in order to bring into the light their common places and potentialities.

She initiated, curated and coordinated several projects, such as “Areas of Conflu(x)ence” in the frame of Luxembourg and Sibiu 2007 – European Capitals of Culture, “Artists in Industry” (Bucharest, 2011-2013) and “Haptosonics” (Oslo, 2013). As an editor, she published “Art, Space and Memory in the Digital Era” at Paidia Publishing House (Bucharest, 2010) and coordinated Studia Philosophia‘s issue on the “Phenomenology of Digital Technology” (no.3/2010).

Website: www.textiltronics.com

The Romanian Cultural Institute

The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm is a platform for creative collaboration amongst representatives of Romanian and Swedish culture. The institute opened its doors in November 2007, to become in less than 4 years one of the most active contemporary art spaces in Stockholm.

Our exhibition space is located in a beautiful building from 1900 designed by architect J. G. Clason. Facing the Baltic Sea, near the Royal Palace in Stockholm’s Old City, the institute is a place that cannot be missed even during a short visit to Stockholm. The contemporary art programme of the Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm includes around four exhibitions per year, and a well thought program of discussions, screenings or performances that offer deeper or wider perspectives on the theme or the work of the artists who are part of the exhibition.

Among the artists we have collaborated with, we mention Dan Perjovschi, Ciprian Mureşan, Daniel Knorr, Ken Jakobs, Dora Garcia, Claudia Ulisses, Olivia Plender, Anja Kirschner, Michael Stevenson, David Maljkovic. For a complete program please visit www.rkis.se.

The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm is part of a network of seventeen branches spread around the world, with the head office located in Bucharest.

Visit www.rkis.se or call +468207600 to see what is currently on view.