Knot Project Space is thrilled to announce that Lee Jones, Livia Daza-Paris, Taylor Boileau Davidson & Matthieu Hallé will join us this summer for Expanded Practice! Follow us here and on social media for more info & to engage with the artists.
Visible mending is an additive approach to textile repair that transforms the textile with visible stitching patterns. These visible patterns improve the item and also highlight how we are taking care of the textiles in our life instead of contributing to the vast amounts of textile waste discarded each year.
In my current research I am using electronic textiles (e-textiles), which are textiles that can, for example, sense touch, change colour, and change shape, to imbue discarded clothes with new whimsical abilities. Throughout my research I’ve been developing different visible mending patterns that can for example sense touch, stretch, movement and emit sound.
Lee Jones is a PhD student at the Creative Interactions Lab at Carleton University. She has a participatory art practice where she creates easy-to-use toolkits so that individuals can have a say in the direction of their own technologies. In her current research, she is developing toolkits for crafting e-textiles that are informed through interviews with craft practitioners. She’s currently teaching Prototyping Soft Interfaces at Carleton University, and loves running e-textile workshops in makerspaces, art galleries and community organizations under the name Electro-Stitches. To find out more about her research visit LeeJones.ca
Expanded Practice is Knot Project Space’s three-week intensive artist residency offered to local artists who are producing members of the Digital Arts Resource Centre. From May to August, resident artists will be provided with access to the project space and an array of audio-visual equipment for the duration of their residency, during which they are invited to experiment with the spatial orientation of the moving image, the distribution of sound and other tactics for presentation and audience engagement. Through an emphasis on open, hands-on technological play and frequent discussions with Knot Project Space’s curatorial staff, the Expanded Practice residency seeks to create a collaborative environment in which both the artist and the art-space can mutually strategize around the materiality of mediation.
In order to sustain an open, tangential structure for artistic experimentation, there is no final public exhibition attached to the artist’s participation in the Expanded Practice residency. Instead, the public is invited to a studio visit over zoom to view the work in an in-progress and modular state. The artist will be present during this session to contextualise the work for the visitor and frame the trajectory of their explorations.