Galženica Gallery, Velika Gorica: Textil{e}tronics

02.03.2012. – 01.04.2012.

Anda Klančić, Patrizia Dona, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Josipa Štefanec

‘Let’s now delve deep into the fluff’
Massimo Banzi, Getting Started with Arduino

Following the development of a simple thread into complex new media objects, the exhibition will touch upon recent developments in the areas of wearable technology and electronic sculpting through lumino light objects and the presentation of Arduino microcontrollers.

Dealing with sculptural textile (J. Štefanec) and electronic thread (A. Klančić), designed substance and new meanings of objects (P. Dona), as well as socially responsible textile art (M. M. Pungerčar), the exhibition presents an overview of contemporary new media directions and questions the meaning of the medium as such. The social and emacipatory aspects of textile arts are clear – they invoke thoughts of industrial manufacturing, DIY subculture and self-sustained systems, especially in relation to recent similar developments in the fields of open source and wearable technology (Arduino, Body Pixel Studio).

The thread as a seemingly fragile, but basically all-pervasive, almost indestructible matter, and the wire as a conductor and an arbiter of electrons are hereby linked. Juxtaposed in a way, the materials provide the cohesive narrative for the objects presented. The exhibition examines this link from the microscopic amorphous shape and suppleness of the material, all the way to the subtle robustness of the objects. Mechanic perfection, be it the human body or a machine, is not a prerogative here, since the delightful awkwardness of mechanics does not comply with the projected reality. The uncertainty of the performance which accompanies every new-media art process, is quite well suited to the fragility of the textile thread.

Weaving as a sequence of source code, and knitting as a kind of programming, are linked in the metaphorical sense to the alteration of the 0 and 1 of the binary code in computer interfaces, and also to the types of stitches and markings in sewing and knitting. Other topics that the exhibition touches upon are DIY culture, simplified hardware hacking and tinkering. The term tinkering, in the sense of the conversion of techno-gadgets or toys and their placement in new surroundings with a prospect of new functions, suggests analogies between the work process of textile workers, artists, hackers, DIY enthusiasts and electronics engineers.

The Arduino microcontroller is presented by the movie Arduino The Documentary, and takes us to the final “wired” phase of development. The microcontroller was invented in Italy at the end of 2005 and beginning of 2006. It was supposed to make prototyping easier for students of interactive design and new media. It was primarily developed as a platform based on open source code. Due to the openness of the platform and the community it gathered online, the project developed fairly quickly. To adapt it further to wearable technology, MIT scientist Leah Buechley designed the Lilypad Arduino in 2007, for use in the field of e-textiles. Founders:  Massimo Banzi and David Cuartielles

The exhibition, subtitled 'From the textile to the electronic thread, from substance to fashion item', will also be a premiere of a sort, since contemporary artists Anda Klančič and Marija Mojca Pungerčar will be presented to the Croatian audience for the very first time.  We will display works made specifically for this occasion, and present the recent as well as upcoming tendencies in electronic textiles and new media sculptural concepts never before shown in Croatia. As part of the exhibition, several guerilla knitting and yarn bombing events will take place in the public spaces of Velika Gorica.

Guerilla knitting, yarn bombing, and knit graffiti directions of knitting and crocheting were started by American textile artist Magda Sayeg because of her frustration with the huge amount of her unfinished knitting projects. Guerilla knitting is inspired by graffiti culture, hip hop and street art, as well as the desire to soften the vocabulary of the aforementioned urban cultures. In 2005 Magda Sayeg knitted around her first public-space object in front of her boutique, instigating the founding of Knitta Please group. Since then she has been travelling regularly, taking up invitations from various cultural institutions and tagging the architecture in capitals worldwide. As for the movement of guerilla knitting & yarn bombing, it has been spreading to the public spaces of the world through the contributions of countless anonymous guerrilla knitters……

Guerilla knitters: Una Bauer, Ana Dadić a.k.a. ŠtrikAna, Vana Gaćina, Ivana Ivković, Antonija Letinić, Maja Kalogera, Marijana Rimanić, Maša Žarnić

Anda Klančič – Monumental textile dust
Anda Klančič uses very subtle techniques of working with threads, plunging almost to the point of textile dust in her approach to the matter; an approach which is quite elementary and stripped-down. Certainly one of the most innovative contemporary textile artists in the world, Klančič builds parallel worlds which seem to be based upon microscopic precision and minimalist perfection (naslovna fotografija: Anda Klančič, Aura, foto: Silvo Kačar, Vertigo Bird ©).

Marija Mojca Pungerčar – Textile's social moments
Marija Mojca Pungerčar is a contemporary artist whose work is based on a profound awareness of social issues and workers' rights. She goes so far in her concepts as to define her art as ‘working class art’. With her line of clothing and series of workshops named Socialdress, she criticizes consumerist culture and creates new, meaningful ways of social and artistic activity.

Josipa Štefanec – Breathing textile hybrids
Josipa Štefanec delves into the medium of sculpture deeply rooted in textile art and a structural approach to materials. By playing with different sewing techniques and the sharp edges of materials, she arrives to hybrid objects as well as bulky, oversized sculptures whose essence is in the plasticity of the medium. Just as we are about to see her works as being exclusively about volume, the artist manages to surprise us with her careful minimalism.

Patrizia Donà – The beauty of modern patina
Patrizia Donà gives new meaning to a modified, altered object, through ethereal-industrial layering. She is characterised by striking augmentation of body and wearable objects, evoking at the same time a laboratory-like work atmosphere and the cleanliness of manufacturing with optical precision. Donà never plays it safe but rather explores the medium and use of materials to the very limits.

Galženica Gallery
Trg Stjepana Radića 5,
10410, Velika Gorica, Croatia

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