Fabric(k) is an architectural exploration of construction and production processes. The German word “fabrik” means “factory,” the setting for standardization and mechanized mass production that played host to the industrial revolution two centuries ago. The English “fabric” is rooted in this word, a protective material that greatly benefited from faster-paced, “fabrik” production.
A PROGRAM-initiated collaboration between Japanese artist Yukihiro Taguchi and Bulgarian fashion designer Vladimir Karaleev resulting in a syncopated installation spanning five weeks, Fabric(k) reconsiders the seemingly diffuse relationship between fabric and the site of its manufacture. A slowed-down construction and dismantling within the gallery space takes into account the interlacing or weaving processes that typically result in fabric in the form of clothing, which we drape over our bodies. The programmatic weaving between the two collaborators constitutes an architectural moment, extending this conceit to the scale of a room, in which new problems and potentialities for dwelling arise. Fabric(k) sharpens our sensibility for the tension between strictly defined structures and more loosely configured spatial enclosures.
Despite standard sizes or patterns, inhabiting fabrics over time forces them to yield to our limbs, to our personalities; until we eventually wear them in, dissipating former indications of the mechanized fabrik. Fabric, then, can be thought of as a structure for habitation, a material enclosure at the level of the individual person. Can space be intimately inhabited and appropriated in a similar way, through architecture? During the course of five weeks, Taguchi and Karaleev work along the seams of this question, retooling and refashioning the installation fabric as it unravels over time.