feat. BLESS N°45 Soundperfume engineered by Popkalab
Wed, 26.06.2013–Sun, 13.10.2013
With reference to the MAKs unique collection of textiles the MAK FASHION Lab explores experimentally the reciprocal
relationships between fashion and new technologies and opens up a new platform for intelligent fashion as a subdomain of applied
arts in the fields of design, science, and research. This series begins with a site-specific installation by BLESS (Desiree
Heiss, Paris/Ines Kaag, Berlin), with technical support of Popkalab (Rotterdam/Rio de Janeiro). The MAK DESIGN SPACE transforms
into an interactive sonic landscape, a statement on sonic fabric that appeals directly to the senses.
BLESS N°45 Soundperfume takes on the following question: How do you want to sound? With special body and space
accessories from the BLESS collection visitors can compose their own sonic perfume. The composing scarf allows
its wearer to sample sound fragments by manipulating its various closures and special shoes can be used for sound recording
and play-back. Garments that function as instruments make the individual character of their wearers stand out even more. And
a hammock, repurposed to become the ultimate musical and performance tool, will emit sounds in response to the manipulation
of its large pillows, thereby expanding the sonic experience by a spatial dimension.
Guest Curator Sabine Seymour Curator Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection Scientific Advisor Barbara Karl, Curator, MAK Textiles and Carpets Collection
Wearing a Soundperfume >> Sonic Textiles >> Sonic Body >> Sonic Interaction >> BLESS Melodized Pillow Hammock>> BLESS Orchestra Scarf>> BLESS Recording Shoes >>
As part of the collaborative program design> new strategies of the MAK & departure The Creative Agency of the City of Vienna
The MAK Design Collection was established in 2005 and represents a broad spectrum of design output from Austria. The design
concept in question encompasses a multifaceted range of aspects, from industrial production and handcrafted manufacture to
unique art objects and prototypes, from utility objects and fashion to graphic arts and media design.
The holdings of the MAKs collection of textiles, which is one of the foremost textile collections in the world, cover
the time from Late Antiquity until today; they encompass the globe with works from nearly all parts of Asia and Europe, and
even South America. The collection is a comprehensive material archive reflecting the artistic, technical, and economic developments
of this special field throughout the last 1,500 years. This richness of the material archive gives it a unique capability
of illustrating the multifaceted, international cultural interconnections that have developed over the centuries.
The joint arrangement of precious glasses with valuable needle and bobbin lace in the Renaissance Baroque Rococo Collection
on permanent display not only complies with aspects of art history, but also places these delicate materials in a visual-sensuous
dialogue with each other that enhances and accentuates their aesthetic effect with striking clarity.
Published for the exhibition of the same title (126.96.36.199.2003). German/English/Russian 168 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations 21 x 22 cm, paperback Berliner Festspiele / MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag Publishers, Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2001