Letters & Markers is a drop-in drawing-on-textiles workshop & exhibition. It will travel through multiple locations in June 2017 will result in a collaboratively with public created typographic wall-hanging. Led by artist Neringa Dastoor, it will involve visiting guest talks at each location. The workshop is part of the London Festival of Architecture with this 2017 year’s theme memory. Find out more on the Neringa Studio Twitter and Instagram, and join the Eventbrite.
by Neringa Dastoor
When we talk about our future we talk of exactly how we would like it, carefully planned. Except our opinions are often built on society’s expectations. It’s not what we really want in the life well lived. And the stories we tell about the past are never like that. We remember special moments randomly or instinctively. What brings us together is the geographical location which thousands of years ago was wild ground. Today the same location is transformed by time and architecture built by us. The wall-hanging contents will be generated throughout each day as if hacking each location and revealing the unseen inspired by each contributor’s memories of building shapes lived in, atmosphere of places travelled…
Letters & Markers overall aim is to explore the communication of a memory from a particular space/environment through active participation: both drawing and discussion. John Locke (1632-1704) English thinker concluded that “knowledge begins with experience”. Traveling to new locations and drawing on textiles (instead of the familiar paper) will assemble a fresh experience as opposed to doing what you know; having discussions with a different guest each day will stimulate new perspectives on the subject matter. Getting one’s self out of the comfort zone frees the brain and engages the senses independently. At that stage we need to then rely on another feature of the brain – elasticity. Catherine Malabou, a French philosopher describes plasticity as:
“…flexibility and rigidity, suppleness and solidity, fixedness and transformability, identity and modifiability, determination and freedom.”
This event proposes an alternative perception of what a memory of a place, then a collection of many memories and finally, what the whole landscape, might look like. We confront the notion of photographic memory to be literally depicted, instead, we focus on the deconstruction of that photographic memory and loosely constructing its transformation – so as if we are revealing the remembered detail, place, the landscape in flux, in formation in time. Each participant’s contributed drawing is a form of translation of their pictographic memory. Shapes & letterforms associated with places as individual typo-graphic language will tell a story as if flattening years onto a single surface, revealing the unseen. The wall hanging = immaterial memory landscape = a graphically coded map. The piece of textiles is turned into a productive construction field, a surface of which acts as a window with a view into a stage where the construction of layers and layers of memories take place.
Five guests are selected from different industries: textiles designer, artist, architect and social entrepreneur. One or other way each of their practice spins around structures, taking their own individual approach they offer a completely individual take on what structures may be. Within their projects guests have explored a mix of structures: protective structures, structures taking us on a journey, both physical but also mental, industrial structures inhabited artistically now remaining a legacy of our societal structures and systems, also those layers closer to the fabric of the human skin along with those distant & abstract sources of internal interweaving mental formations. There is plenty to explore about what makes our space, our surroundings and what formulates the structures around us, but most excitingly – we are part of it so we can shape it and make it.