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Thu 6th Dec at 6:30pm

Talk: Textile Media

@ Arnolfini, Bristol

Featuring: T'ai Smith

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Talk: Textile Media : T'ai Smith

Woven textiles hold a particular place between image and architecture. T'ai Smith (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) discusses the role of 'fabric in space' in the Bauhaus weaving studios and especially the work of the modernist weaver Otti Berger. Textiles, Berger discovered around 1929, are not the product of just one medium - say weaving, the loom, or interlocked threads - but rather emerge from their contact with many media, namely architecture, painting, graphic design, photography.

Berger suggests that in order to simultaneously "understand" or "hold" (begreifen) a piece of cloth, one must grasp it as a product, and productive of, various sensory modes. Indeed, perhaps the problems of "textile media" can serve as a starting point for a re-conception of modernism in the present day.

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Venue: Arnolfini


Address:
Narrow Quay
Bristol
BS1 4QA 51.449245, -2.597319

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