Residencies Tension (Heath Bunting, Kayle Brandon, Ana Rewakowicz)

Self-sustaining, lightweight structures for temporary, mobile and wearable architectures. Surface tension, tensegrity, bends, twists, knots, inflation, elasticity; all of these phenomena play with physical forces to create structures that are lighter, more mobile and adaptive than conventional brick-and-mortar buildings. How are these structures designed and used by artists and designers? What situations and environments can we envisage when our shelters and clothing can morph from one to the other and back again? How do we make architecture more resilient, yet less rigid? What traditional crafts and what new materials can we combine to make our living spaces into self-sustaining organisms?

During her Dressware residency in 2004 Ana Rewakovicz created a multipurpose inflatable dress that through inflation can change and adapt to different situations and environments.

Heath Bunting and Kayle Brandon explored net making as a form of cultural activism and other fantastical and practical needs.