Spatial textile system
Raum(Zeit)Kleider is a spatial system that can be folded and transformed from a two-dimensional planar surface into a three-dimensional object, incorporating different functions from clothing to urban furniture and shelter. This approach seeks to produce transformations through intimate, often physical contact and participation.
The use of soft materials, such as woolen felt, makes us deal with alterable materials as a membrane or a second skin around our bodies, which forms the walls of our own architecture and furthermore makes statements about identity, desire and intent. The garment itself becomes an interface between its users and the constructed environment, and participation becomes an important active instrument in controlling personal space.
The project merges insights from architecture, fashion design and body performance. Individuals are required to participate, eliminating both the role of the spectator and that of the author. Raum(Zeit)Kleider was supported by an Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship in 2008.
Contact: Gabi Schillig, Berlin, Germany.
For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment