Your installations are based in large part on interaction. How do you hope people engage with your work? What do you intend to inspire in viewing your work?
I think that we tend to assume that the world is inert and exists to serve humans, but a fundamentally different attitude can be found in shared, collective relationships. Through interactive systems and the behavior they elicit, I hope to find some renewed relationships with the world. This is through mutual relationships rather than dominant ones – and what do I mean by mutual? Rather than living in the world we can exchange and participate in it, living with the world.
Regarding your collaborations with Iris Van Herpen, do you learn more about your own practice from working in fashion?
Working in couture offers fundamental insights into my own practice; my own vision has been transformed by working with the intimate dimensions of clothing. Also, just the sheer pleasure of being close to the extraordinarily vivid creative intelligence of Iris and her team has a deep impact.
The creations of couture sometimes exist only to satisfy a brief instant of possibility, while at the same time, the intimacy of the relationship with the human body means that the work has to be always extraordinarily fine-tuned and sensitive. I think both the restless innovation and that fine-tuning have been fundamental influences on the work we do in the studio.