Presented by: Nerea Feliz
Textiles, in the form of curtains, rugs, upholstery or clothes, surround, cover and dress both our bodies and the spaces we inhabit. WANDERING WARDROBE examines the envelope function that textiles play to cover the human body and architecture. Is there a garment that buildings and people can share? What kind of cross-scalar size suit would this be?
We cover our bodies with clothes to embellish them and protect us from the elements. Buildings can be seen as a form of garment that gives shelter to our activities. When we look through this particular lens, clothes, curtains and buildings become overlapping envelopes that surround us. What kind of tissue can connect these different layers? WANDERING WARDROBE playfully tries to do so.
We propose a flexible membrane system that dresses building and people. This proposal consists of fourteen curtains with clothes embedded in them. WANDERING WARDROBE invites all occupants to wear the embedded clothes which range in format and scale. The curtains (45 x12 or 25x12 feet) are mounted on a series of parallel rail tracks that allow for multiple curtain configurations as building occupants wear the curtains and move around the space.
The proposed site for the project is the Atrium at The Blanton museum of Art, University of Texas. It’s double height space provides an opportunity for users to activate the installation at two levels. The generous proportions of the space allow for spectators to fully contemplate the performative aspect of the proposal and the wide variety of spaces that derive from the various curtain positions. Finally, we felt that the proposal's ever-changing ephemeral nature was ideally suited to the context of Stacked Waters, the extremely captivating work of Teresita Fernández which captures water motion in an static media.
The pattern of the curtain plays a key role in enhancing the perception of the manipulation of the surfaces by the users. Two alternative patterns were studied, a "pleated" version and a "stretched version" (see appendix).
Evoking the daily circulation of clothes within our closets, WANDERING WARDROBE is perpetually reorganizing itself. It becomes a bond that physically links our bodies to the space and the architecture we occupy, while empowering the public to transform the space around them. It prioritizes the human body as an active performer, and a generator of space as it manipulates a light, mobile architecture.