Tactile Interactions brings together textile artist Bec Kirby and sound artists Joda Foerster & Niklas Kramer for an exploration in tangibility and modularity across object and sound. The three artists were driven by a mutual intrigue as to how physicality transcends form, while form could be subtracted, manipulated, and synthesized into new manners all together.
Bec crafted hand-tufted wall hangings in a variety of abstract shapes that can be hung in an endless array of unique configurations. She recorded sounds from her studio, haptic swirls of noise driven by the materials and tools used to create the tuftings. The sounds fascinated Joda and Niklas, who later used these sounds as a source of inspiration in capturing the atmosphere of Bec’s working environment, while incorporating the field recordings into their own tracks.
Bec Kirby is a Manchester-based textile artist working under the creative name of soosumsee. Her practices include tufting, sewing, drawing, and painting.
Working predominantly in interior design for the last seven years, her understanding of how spaces, objects, and materials affect emotion led her to create a series of personal keepsakes for the home, which in turn became “The Series of Eight,” her first homeware collection.
Bec’s body of work comprises a series of cushions, wall hangings, and tapestry blankets. Drawing influence from recurring hallucinations she suffered with as a child, along with notions of death, loss, and grief, each tufted piece is handcrafted in her studio, using responsibly sourced materials.
discover the objects
listen to the sounds
Joda and Niklas further probed into the idea of a constantly changing listening experience, as if the tracks were sonic modules that could be enjoyed in a variety of ways and by means of different functionalities. The resulting modules are three extended tracks that can be played separately or simultaneously, across different starting points and with differing dynamics.
- Tone 19:47
- Texture 19:47
- Tone & Texture 19:47
meet Joda and Niklas
Berlin-based Joda Foerster and Niklas Kramer have been endearingly described by loved ones as “ambient pals,” a testament to their friendship and shared musical sensibility. This connection is felt in both their production and their live sets, two diverging contexts that equally highlight the experimentation and compositional balance the duo explores and constructs together.
make your own composition
Inspired by the artists’ interpretations of material interplay, we invite you to move, spin and drag the shapes around the screen to create your own musical composition and be a part of the collaboration yourself.
After moving around the shapes in a way you see fit, hit play to listen to your configuration. To change what you hear, simply move the shapes around and hit play again.