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(2017). Exhibition on on-going research, experimental work and prototypes in textile design from the Smart Textiles Design Lab at Techtextil 2017 in Frankfurt on 9-12th May 2017.
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2017 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12489 (URN)
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-23 Last updated: 2018-03-27
(2017). Performative exhibit: Touch of smell.
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2017 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The exploration of material is in a performance, that is investigating how human interactions develop when spaces are designed using smell as a design material. In the digital world, the touch and the sensation to the physical materials are lacking in everyday life. However, at the same time, the need to be connected to ourselves through our body is ever growing. This however is quite unlike to our affinity of moving fast in all aspects of life. As Juhani Pallasmaa (2012) points out that a haptic architecture brings about slowness and intimacy which is understood and appreciated only gradually with time. Also, written by Ezio Manzini (1989) touch being the most analytic of all the human senses, can help us explore the shapes and surfaces of a material better than the eyes.

In an attempt to re-initiate the experience through the sense of smell and touch, this paper aims to question how can smells be used as a design material in our living environments. Speculating buildings and interior spaces, using invisible immaterial, this research is focusing on ways of designing interactions with smells and how these interactions open or close architectural spaces without having physical boundaries. In this paper, the design experiments are investigating how we will respond and interact with smell in architectural spaces.

Keywords
Material, smells, space, body, touch, interaction
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13274 (URN)
Projects
ArcInTexETN
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2018-03-27
(2017). Smart Textiles design: advancement of methods and expressions at MoOD and Indigo 17. Tour & Taxis, Brussels
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2017 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Place, publisher, year, pages
Tour & Taxis, Brussels: , 2017
Keywords
smart textiles, design methods
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12838 (URN)
Projects
Smart Textiles
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved
Kapur, J. (2017). Smells: olfactive dimension in designing textile architecture. (Licentiate dissertation). Borås: Högskolan i Borås
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2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Designing with non-visual attributes challenges ways of representation. This research explores methods for designing with invisible materiality within the research practice, as well as ways of representation through textiles when designing spaces. Exploring textiles and smells within a space, the research program investigates spatial interactions.

This research focuses on designing embodied experiences using tangible materials as expressions of smells. Through the spatial installations and performances Sight of smell, Touch of smell, and Smell, space, and body movement, haptics were explored as one of the methods of interaction with smells through textiles.

Through the sense of touch, this research also investigates ways of revealing, activating, and disseminating smells within a space. Smells were purposely added through the methods of dyeing, coating, and printing to the textile materials that did not inherently embody any smells, As a result, tactile surfaces create non-visual expressions of smell. Further ideas of research in this area would explore another perspective of designing with smells in spaces. As an example, by designing textiles being smell absorbers, dividers, and re ectors, could compliment the spatial concepts and deals with the already existing smells in a living environment.

In this licentiate thesis thinking through the olfactive dimension to design textiles is not only novel for the textile design eld; but also, its proposal for application in the spatial design is quite unique, and o ers a new dimension for spatial design. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2017. p. 106
Series
University of Borås studies in artistic research ; 23
Keywords
smells, touch, movement, textiles, architecture
National Category
Architecture Design Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12906 (URN)978-91-88269-28-7 (ISBN)
Presentation
2018-02-16, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved
(2017). SPECULATE, COLLABORATE, DEFINE - TEXTILE THINKING FOR FUTURE WAYS OF LIVING.
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2017 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

About the exhibitionHow can we design for the future? In this avant-garde exhibition architects, interaction, fashion and textile designers show their works in progress when they speculate about, collaborate on, and define how to strengthen the foundations of design for more sustainable forms of living. 

The exhibition Speculate, collaborate, define – textile thinking for future ways of living, is a work in progress by the PhD students in the ArcInTexETN project. ArcInTexETN is an EU-funded training network of early stage researchers exploring new expressions of living through textile thinking.  They collaborate in three scales – building, interior, and body – looking into methods for turning current scientific knowledge into the design of new forms of living.

With videos as their main medium, the students present different takes on the subject. In “Ahti”, a speculative short film about the first human being born in space, the story is set in the future. It’s 2076 and there is no water left on our planet Earth. Ahti wears the same suit every day, like a second skin. The skin has different properties that protect him and allow him to walk on any surface, levitate, communicate and store energy.

Have you heard about the Wolpertinger? It’s a hybrid animal whose appearance evokes the idea that, however different the parts are, they constitute a whole, functioning organism. With the animal as an analogue, a collection of videos are projections of different pieces of work, showing a patchwork of cooperation, exposing the working process of collaborative design.

The film “What is interior?” presents an interior landscape, a shifting view of this paradoxical space, narrated by a linguistic review that argues to define the term interior. The film gives an examination of the definitions that frame the term, as well as creating the fleeting textures that shapes it.

In addition to the video projections there are also three individual installations. So, bring your nose and your curiosity! This is not only an audio-visual exhibition.

Keywords
architecture, interaction, fashion, text
National Category
Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13255 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-03-27
(2017). Staging a smelly atmosphere.
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2017 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As a collaborative proposal for a presentation at the Symposium, we suggest a performance/workshop format. The invited participant enacts a specific spatial atmosphere of a design studio, where smells are quintessential to a working space and also to the design process. This workshop/performance becomes a method to investigate, how the spaces can be arranged using the olfactive boundaries. If the tactile surfaces create non-visual expressions going beyond a graphical and visual representation. And how change in smells make a distinctive effect in design decisions and design processes for a designer.

Additionally, the workshop/performance is an experimental research presentation format that enables an activated state (smells) and gives a playground for learning. It is a way to display, explore and finally, to discuss the ‘designer experience’ conveyed by embodied interactions with the materials.

We use the design studio as  a framework which is susceptible to be adaptive, hence open for negotiation with existing conditions. We also estimate the importance for it to articulate the tactile, visual and verbal aspects of the designing environment. Therefore, studio as a stage, a material setting to improvise and enact with, is more specifically what interests us.

Keywords
olfactive boundaries, tactile surfaces, designing spaces, atmospheres
National Category
Design Performing Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13260 (URN)
Projects
ArcInTexETN
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-01-05Bibliographically approved
(2017). Workshop: Playing with Smells.
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2017 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this workshop is creating games for interacting with smells by exploring different textile materials, shapes and forms of different sizes. Some smells will be pleasant and others will not. This workshop is intended to bring back the attention to human instinctive senses of touch and smell through the physical materials.

The idea of creating games is to provide a multi-sensorial experience and playful interaction with the textile objects and materials. This is challenging to distract the attention onto something analogue in the midst of the fast and the digital way of interactions within our environment. However, the sense of smell does not need a conscious attention, the smells around us send messages even without being focussed on the source of smells. These messages are interpreted subjectively based on individual experiences, and learnt associations for example, disgust or appeal. The reaction or reflex to smells happens while the other senses are stimulated at the same time. However, to be able to make the experience with smells more tangible, the interactions in the games are designed through the sense of touch. This gives a sense of almost a synesthetic experience. 

National Category
Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13261 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-03-27
Kapur, J. (2016). Communicating with Smells.
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2016 (English)Other (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The workshop is about communicating with “Smells”. The smells are intangible. Though these

are present in their source, which is a material in itself that one can touch, rub, scratch, and

break free the molecules of smell. From this perspective exploring various ways to feel and

touch the textiles as we do the source of the smell could lead to the understanding of how

these smells could be activated differentially when incorporated into the textiles or on the

other hand designing the textiles with smells by the way of activation through physical

interaction.

Purpose and relevance

We encounter smells and odours in our busy 24/7 life without even realizing the effects of the

same on our perception of things, people, surrounding environment and thereby our

behavioral and decision making changes. Nonetheless these smells in a social context play a

very important role in our lives. If we would take time and consciously smell our surroundings,

perhaps there would be many odours that would be repelling and make us move away as an

immediate reflex. While few other odours would be appealing and we would be ready to

spend some more time in the vicinity to enjoy these odours. Perhaps we can design our

spaces with the appealing odors varying with our choices and perceptions.

With the challenge that most of us are grown up learning and practicing our professions using

visual and auditory senses more than touch, taste and smell. How will we communicate using

smell as a medium? The aim of this workshop is to apply textile thinking while exploring

haptic of smell. Smells do enhance our being in an environment; knowingly or unknowingly.

How can we use this material in our own space? How can we touch this intangible material?

What are the different ways of incorporating this material? When using textiles and smells, to

what scales we can work with it?

Keywords
Smells, Material, Communication, Haptic, Textiles
National Category
Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13249 (URN)
Projects
ArcInTexETN
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-17 Created: 2017-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically approved
(2016). Exhibition: Research through Collaboration.
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2016 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13252 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-17 Created: 2017-12-17 Last updated: 2018-03-27
Kapur, J., Suarez, D., Resetar, I., Beyer, B. & Cabrero, M. (2016). Open Studio Presentation.
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2016 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) [Artistic work]
Keywords
collaboration, workshop, architecture, textiles
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13250 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 642328
Available from: 2017-12-17 Created: 2017-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-6209-7459

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