SELECTION OF RECENT PROJECTS

+ Environmental Devices (1997-2017) [2018]

On the occasion of 20 years of activities, fabric | ch presents a solo exhibition on 2000 sqm in a disused factory.
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A selection of installations, "devices", projections and documentary videos that show the studio's interest in creating non-standard environments over time.
Environment understood as a "(...) set of elements - biotic or abiotic, natural or artificial - that surrounds an individual or a species and some of which contribute directly to its needs." (Wikipedia). In fabric | ch's works, these environments are often abiotic and artificial.
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Exhibition at the Kunsthalle Ephémère (Lausanne), 2018.
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documentation [pdf]

movie on Vimeo

+ Satellite Daylight Pavilion [2017]

Four videos develop a study for a public tea house in Hyde Park, London.
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Based on two Satellite Daylights, virtually positioned and orbiting around the latitudes of London and Hope Bay in Antarctica, which emit artificial light.
These two environmental devices create daily and seasonal shifts in rhythms of day and night, thanks to which the Satellite Daylight Pavilion offers variations from the natural rhythms of day and night. It thus allowsthe development of parallel activities. Four videos develop the proposal.
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documentation [pdf]

+ Responsive Atmospheric Patio [2016]

Architectural proposal for a competition in Sofia, later turned into self-initiated research about "colliding functions".
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This work develops living environments (architectural constructions) organized around three atmospherically conditioned and one unconditions patios. It uses these atmospheric conditions, both physical and digital, as programmtic rules to search for new aggregations of functions. The latter having being previously fragmented or atomized. The result is a "collision" creating new functional situations of physical-digital entanglements, and possibly as a result new spatial experiences.
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documentation [pdf]

+ Public Platform of Future-Past [2015-2016]

Competition by invitation. 1st price and study mandate.
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Public Platform of Future-Past is an observation platform planned - at the time of the competition (2014) - to last for approximately 10 years. This would be the time taken for five large new public projects to be realized directly in its surroundings (3 museums, a railway station and its public place, a new metro).
The platform, being installed directly in the geographical center of these constructions would document, monitor and archive the whole process of transformation. It would construct "architectural situations" directly out of the collected and processed data.
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Fund: State of Vaud (Switzerland).
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documentation [pdf]

http://blog.fabric.ch

+ White Oblique [2015]

Scenography for the exhibition "Poetics and Politics of Data" at the Haus der elektronische Künste (H3K). In collaboration with Sabine Himmelsbach, curator and director of H3K.
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White Oblique (of curiosities) consists in a long exhibition wall that articulates the "open space" of the museum, and that is expanded to constitute a "third space" inside the "white cube". It thus becomes a passage, so as an archive. This cabinet of curiosities presents the current state of development of the design research Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s), conducted at ECAL.
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Fund: Haus der elektronische Künste (Basel, Switzerland), ECAL (Lausanne).
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Exhibition at the Haus der elektronischen Künste (Basel), 2015.
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documentation [pdf]

http://www.ecal.ch/

+ Datadroppers & Studio Station [2015-2016]

Online tool to handle public data (drop and pick functions), in a public way.
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Data commune and potential micronation that comes with its own flag, Datadroppers is an online service that provides the ability to share and use all static or dynamic data, becoming thenceforth public data that are freely accessible.
The service is built around a minimum set of rules, it is "unsocial" and "unprofiled": there are no login and password, no terms of service, no profiling, no "friends", etc.
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Exhibition in the context of "Politics and Politics of Data", H3K (Basel, Switzerland), 2015. Curator: Sabine Himmlesbach.
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documentation [pdf]

http://blog.fabric.ch/
http://www.datadroppers.org



SELECTION OF RECENT COLLABORATIONS

+ Cloud of Cards [2017-2018]

Cloud of Cards (Kit) is the main outcome of the academic design research Inhabiting & Interfacing the Cloud(s) (2017) led at ECAL. Two books and a website present the results and artifacts (2018).
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Cloud of Cards consists in four artifacts (ABCD):
A) 19" Living Rack is a domestic 19" cabinet, with various combinations of heterogenous functions / B) Processing (CoC) Library is the combination of several librariries dedicated to file storage and manipulation. It was ported in the Processing langugage / C) 5 Folders Cloud is an alternative version of the cloud that demonstrates the use of the Processing (CoC) Library / D) 5 Connected Objects is another exemplary implementation of the library in the form of an Internet of Things (IoT) set of objects.
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Fund: University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland (HES-SO), ECAL (Lausanne).
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Exhibition at the Haus der elektronischen Künste (Basel), 2015 and Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), 2017.
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documentation [pdf]

http://www.cloudofcards.org

+ Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s) [2014-2017]

Design research between ECAL, ECAL-EPFL Lab & HEAD-Genève. It is jointly directed between Patrick Keller and Nicolas Nova.
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The aim of the project is to explore "counter-proposals" to the current expression of "cloud computing" and data centers, particularly in their forms intended for private individuals and end users ("Personal Cloud"). The outcome of the research, which will include open-source artifacts, will be published in 2017.
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Exhibition in the context of "Politics and Politics of Data", H3K (Basel, Switzerland), 2015. Curator: Sabine Himmlesbach.
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http://www.iiclouds.org/

+ Globale Surveillance [2012]

Architectural device created for a theatrical performance premiered at the Comédie de Caen, (France) National Drama Centre (CDN), then at MA Scéne Nationale (Montbéliard, France).
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Globale Surveillance is a joint project between French writer and essayist Eric Sadin and fabric | ch. It is a theatrical performance aroud the subjet of contemporary surveillance and the way it transforms society at large.
Actors are Laure Wolf and Gurshad Shaheman.
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With the support of the Swiss Office for Cultural Affairs, Pro Helvetia, the City of Lausanne, the Canton de Vaud and the Dicréam.
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documentation [pdf]

http://blog.fabric.ch
movie on vimeo (by NOhista)