Sewn as a Site project on the cover of Artikl magazine!
..”as if it had been left by aliens during their departure from our planet”… a review on the Prague exhibition in the recent issue of Flash Art magazine by Marketa Hrehorova.
Danica Pišteková: One Size Fits All
Pragovka Gallery, Prague
24. 7. – 11. 9. 2018
curator: Ján Pernecký
photo credit: Marcel Rozhoň
Danica Pišteková is an architect. She works with substance and void, manipulates space, sets rules for small parts of the world and thinks in systemic abstractions. The structures she creates, however, are made of fabric and generally relate to the world of fashion. It would be pointless though to read these objects in a semantic way and look for their cultural context. Rather, their formal potential (affordance) develops naturally: the capacity of a cuff to copy the shape of a wrist, a collar to imply a head or a strip of buttons to connect two edges of a fabric whilst forming a volume. Danica Pišteková embraces, denies and deconstructs these capacities. She takes apart pieces of clothing and reassembles them, replicating them and putting them into unnatural contexts. Well-known forms become alien, spatial relations become unclear and unexpected situations result in tension. The complex aggregate of concrete and abstract textile forms and non-trivial topological relations is liberating: we must accept it as a refined aesthetic object sufficiently sound in form, structure and content to stand alone.
Contemporary architectural discourse utilizes computational methods to tame complexity far beyond the invention of conventional authorship. While many works of today’s digital architects merely demonstrate the potential of such approach, Danica Pišteková achieves similar controlled complexity thanks to a personal creative agenda and works that are not prototypes. Her work is not dependant on digital tools, yet her piece Wall Curtain is a valuable addition to the emerging digital paradigm. The precision design of complicated fabric elements and seams has created an artistic architectural object within the context of architectural thinking expressed through sewing.
“One Size Fits All” combines two long-term artistic research projects of Danica Pišteková: Sewn as a Site and Diagrammatic Genealogies. They both examine the space between body and clothing and speculate on the shapes, borders, colors, topologies and perforations of this in-between-space. Soft semantics and materials give rise to complicated architectural forms that are worn as they wrap about bodies – human bodies as well as bodies of architecture.
Danica Pišteková: Wearable Wall/Wallable Wear
Salónik exhibition space, Bratislava
12. 7. 2018, 18:00
Main partner of the project: Slovak Arts Council
Nebulae is a research project created by students and teachers of Department of Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava, Slovakia, within the subject Platforms of Material Prototyping led by Danica Pistekova and Kristina Rypakova. The interdisciplinary project investigates borders of architecture in 21 century, tests new materials (3D mesh spacer fabric, Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer) and explores new design methods, from series of prototypes to evaluation in haptic and material fabrication in 1:1 scale. The resulting objects could be classified in a wide range of soft, analog woven cloud structures, unexact geometries, uncontrolled agregates or shaped trussing, where the skin and structure are not divided entities, but the partners in dialogue.
tutors: Mgr. art. Danica Pišteková, ArtD., Mag. arch. Kristína Rypáková
team of students: Hana Arnold, Peter Dóža, Michaela Krpalová, Katarína Kocková, Lukáš Mráz, Márk Néveri, Dávid Nosko, Petra Ollerová, Filip Orság, Karina Pak, Šimon Trančík, Maroš Vasilišin
summer term 2018
the project was supported by AFAD and Muller Textile Slovakia s.r.o.
IWS project was developed with students of Department of Architecture at AFAD in Bratislava.
tutors: Danica Pišteková, Kristína Rypáková
material: GFRP (glass fiber rod), 3D mesh spacer fabric
The installation was sponsored by Tatra banka foundation and Muller Textile Slovakia
“In the era of digital technologies architecture strives for complexity. It is only natural, that it often reaches for fabric as its medium. The micro-scale structure of textile determines the macro-scale of the object, making the fabric structures ideal for the exploration of control in complexity. Made of an incredibly high number of intricate small details, usual examples of textile architecture show unusual tidiness in large figures. The natural softness and elasticity allow for light tensile structures such as minimal surfaces for temporal variable objects suitable for easy deployment or spectacular interactivity.”
2017, 192 pages, 125 x 186 mm, The catalog was supported by Tatra banka foundation.
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HotDock gallery, winter port, Bratislava
15. 6. – 30. 6. 2017
partners: AFAD, CITA
the exhibition was supported by Tatra banka foundation
photo credit: Adam Šakový