SELECTION OF RECENT PROJECTS

+ Platform of Future-Past [2022]

Architectural device and monitoring installation created for the HOW Art Museum in Shanghai (CN).
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"The traces left by the comings and goings, those of the molecules of the exhibition and of the present moment had indeed been recorded, stored, and kept indefinitely on data servers, somewhere, in view of a utopian future, or past reconstitution. (...)"
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Commisionned by HOW Art Museum, with the support of Pro Helvetia.
Exhibition at the Festival de la Cité Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland), 2012.
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https://blog.fabric.ch/

+ Satellite Daylight, 47°33'N [2021]

Light installation acquired by the Haus der elektronischen K�nste (HEK) for its media art collection.
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Satellite Daylight, 47°33'N, which is part of a series of works each unique, is a new sample of daylight: one hour of terrestrial illumination, transmitted 'live' from the latitude of 47 degrees and 33 minutes North (47°33'N). Moving at the speed of a virtual satellite (7541m/s), it plays the whole spectrum of light variations in an abstract manner.
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Exhibition during Shaping the Invisisble Work at the Haus der elektronische Knste (Basel), 2021. Curator: Boris Magrini.
Part of the Haus der elektronischen Knste (HEK) collection, permanent exhibition at HEK (Basel), since 2021.
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https://blog.fabric.ch
discussion on Vimeo

+ Atomized (curatorial) Functioning [2019]

Software piece for automated spatial and functional exploration of given environmental conditions.
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Part of a serie of works under the name A(*)F (standing for Atomized (adj.) Functioning), that involve machine learning and rule-based autonomous design procedures.
Automated curating and exhibition scenography, based on rules of association and display established by the artworks to be exhibited themselves.
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fabric | ch collection. With the support of Haus der elektronischen K�nste, State of Vaud (Switzerland).
Exhibition in the context of Entangled Realities, Living with Artificial Intelligence at the House of Electronic Arts (Basel), 2019 and during Art and Science in the Age of Artificial Intelligence at the National Museum of China (Beijing), 2019.
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documentation [pdf]

movie on Vimeo

+ 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 Eph�m�re (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]

+ 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]

https://blog.fabric.ch



SELECTION OF RECENT COLLABORATIONS

+ (Re-)Viewing Paik [2021-2022]

Early results of the joint research based on the project A(*)F (standing for Atomized (adj.) Functioning), between fabric | ch, the Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin, South Korea) and ECAL / University of Art and Design, Lausanne (HES-SO), on "viewing rooms" and "digital exhibitions".
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The research is interested in the ways of transposing, into digital, works of N. J. Paik that belong to the collection of the museum, in order to expose them at distance in an automated and immersive way.
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Lecture by Sang Ae Park (Head of curatorial Dpt., NJPAC), C. Babski (fabric | ch) and P. Keller (ECAL), during the Swiss-Korea Science Club organized by Swissnex Seoul.
With the support of HES-SO and RCDAV.
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https://blog.fabric.ch

+ 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-Gen�ve. 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 Com�die de Caen, (France) National Drama Centre (CDN), then at MA Sc�ne 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 Dicr�am.
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documentation [pdf]

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