P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Reas Studio, and North Sails
Textile Room, 2012-2013
Yellow aramid, black carbon fiber tape, resin coated tow, custom software, projectors
22.5 m² / 225ft²

Textile Room is a collaboration between Casey Reas, the architecture studio P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, and North Sails' Flexible Composites division. The project, a crystal-shaped, quasi-rigid object that physically and experientially blurs the threshold between hard and soft, textile and tectonic, intimate and public, illuminates the possibilities of extreme lightweight materials in architecture. An expressive surface creates dense and shimmering environmental effects with a video projection by Casey Reas who produced a continuous, generative video collage of the city assembled from clips of movies set in Los Angeles that feature the city, its growth and transformation. Film sequences were cut into strips and positioned into two layers within the carbon fiber tape of the pavilion. Textile Room becomes activated through this re-presentation of Los Angeles’ urban infrastructure and architecture as the film clips interact with the material properties of the carbon fiber’s weaves and tapes.

Installation view:
A New Sculpturalism. Jun 16 - Sep 16, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Video by Monica Nouwens, edited by Anna Reutinger.

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