Textil{e}tronics: From the Textile to the Electronic Thread, From Substance to Fashion Item:

Following the development of a simple thread into complex new media objects, the exhibition will touch upon recent developments in the areas of wearable technology and electronic sculpting through lumino light objects and the presentation of Arduino microcontrollers.

Dealing with sculptural textile (J. Štefanec) and electronic thread (A. Klančić), designed substance and new meanings of objects (P. Dona), as well as socially responsible textile art (M. M. Pungerčar), the exhibition presents an overview of contemporary new media directions and questions the meaning of the medium as such.

The social and emancipatory aspects of textile arts are clear — they invoke thoughts of industrial manufacturing, DIY subculture and self-sustained systems, especially in relation to recent similar developments in the fields of open source and wearable technology (Arduino, Body Pixel Studio).

The thread as a seemingly fragile, but basically all-pervasive, almost indestructible matter, and the wire as a conductor and an arbiter of electrons are hereby linked. Juxtaposed in a way, the materials provide the cohesive narrative for the objects presented. The exhibition examines this link from the microscopic amorphous shape and suppleness of the material, all the way to the subtle robustness of the objects. Mechanic perfection, be it the human body or a machine, is not a prerogative here, since the delightful awkwardness of mechanics does not comply with the projected reality. The uncertainty of the performance which accompanies every new-media art process, is quite well suited to the fragility of the textile thread.

Weaving as a sequence of source code, and knitting as a kind of programming, are linked in the metaphorical sense to the alteration of the 0 and 1 of the binary code in computer interfaces, and also to the types of stitches and markings in sewing and knitting. Other topics that the exhibition touches upon are DIY culture, simplified hardware hacking and tinkering. The term tinkering, in the sense of the conversion of techno-gadgets or toys and their placement in new surroundings with a prospect of new functions, suggests analogies between the work process of textile workers, artists, hackers, DIY enthusiasts and electronics engineers.

The Arduino microcontroller is presented by the movie Arduino The Documentary, and takes us to the final “wired” phase of development. The microcontroller was invented in Italy at the end of 2005 and beginning of 2006. It was supposed to make prototyping easier for students of interactive design and new media. It was primarily developed as a platform based on open source code. Due to the openness of the platform and the community it gathered online, the project developed fairly quickly. To adapt it further to wearable technology, MIT scientist Leah Buechley designed the Lilypad Arduino in 2007, for use in the field of e-textiles. Founders: Massimo Banzi and David Cuartielles.

The exhibition, subtitled ‘From the textile to the electronic thread, from substance to fashion item’, will also be a premiere of a sort, since contemporary artists Anda Klančič and Marija Mojca Pungerčar will be presented to the Croatian audience for the very first time. We will display works made specifically for this occasion, and present the recent as well as upcoming tendencies in electronic textiles and new media sculptural concepts never before shown in Croatia. As part of the exhibition, several guerilla knitting and yarn bombing events will take place in the public spaces of Velika Gorica. Guerilla knitting, yarn bombing, and knit graffiti directions of knitting and crocheting were started by American textile artist Magda Sayeg because of her frustration with the huge amount of her unfinished knitting projects.

Guerilla knitting is inspired by graffiti culture, hip hop and street art, as well as the desire to soften the vocabulary of the aforementioned urban cultures. In 2005 Magda Sayeg knitted around her first public-space object in front of her boutique, instigating the founding of Knitta Please group. Since then she has been travelling regularly, taking up invitations from various cultural institutions and tagging the architecture in capitals worldwide. As for the movement of guerilla knitting & yarn bombing, it has been spreading to the public spaces of the world through the contributions of countless anonymous guerrilla knitters…

Curator: Deborah Hustić Velika Gorica


Josipa Štefanec is a member of the new generation of contemporary Croatian textile artists, and has worked internationally. She graduated in fashion and design at the Faculty of Textile Technology, and sculpting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She designs costumes for dance shows, and expresses herself through the medium of installation and wearable fashion items. Her work has been displayed at numerous exhibitions in Croatia and other countries. She has received awards and had her works included in museum and gallery collections both in the country and abroad. She works at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb.

Anda Klančič is a multiple award winning contemporary textile artist internationally acclaimed, from Japan to the United States. She graduated both from the Faculty of Textile Technology and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Starting off as a fashion designer, she now incorporates media installations, lumino objects, jewellery and photography in her work. She has taken part in over 130 international group and solo exhibitions of contemporary textile art. Her works are part of many private art collections worldwide. She lives and works in Ljubljana.

Marija Mojca Pungercar graduated painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, and has an MA in new media in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has received multiple awards and exhibited her work at many international exhibitions in the media of textile installation, performance, new media, photography, video and film art. Apart from working with new media for over 20 years, she is also the editor of Artservis webpage, a costume designer for theater in Slovenia, and the author of numerous video clips and short films. She is the co-founder of art organization.

iPatrizia Donà is a fashion designer and independent artist working in questioning and pushing the boundaries of fashion. After graduating in fashion design, she has focused on redesigning ready made objects into series of wearable items or accessories. After finishing her studies in art history and ethnology at the Faculty of Filosophy, she moved on to study fashion design at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. During and shortly after her studies, she worked for Belgian designers A.F. Vandevorst in Antwerp, and also as a stylist at their fashion shows in Paris.

Arduino Documentary: Raúl Alaejos & Rodrigo Calvo Raúl Alaejos is a Spanish documentary film director. He graduated in audiovisual communication at the European University in Madrid, and TV systems in Boston. Awarded several times for his short features and documentaries, he has collaborated with many TV companies and currently runs the audiovisual department in the Medialab-Prado Centre in Madrid. Rodrigo Calvo is a photographer, scriptwriter, producer and film director with a degree from Oviedo University in Spain. He has worked as an expert associate and instructor at theLABoral Centre in Gijon, Spain, and deals in film production and programming in Linux and Android platforms, with an emphasis on the Arduino ADK microcontroller.

Deborah Hustić a.k.a. body pixel graduated in comparative literature and ethnology in Zagreb. She has gone through a systematic education in graphic and web design, cultural industries, new media and dance. She takes part in the international scene as maker and blogger on wearable technologies, new media performance art, the DIY scene, open source hardware and Arduino. When not taking apart appliances and old computers, she is the editor of Culturenet website (English edition), head of Media lab I’MM_ (Kultura promjene-SCZG), and does Web strategies in the area of culture.

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