“Performative Compositions” exhibition

The exhibition demonstrates the results of the collaborative Master’s thesis by Oldouz Moslemian & Martin Genet.

This multidisciplinary thesis presents new approaches and raises questions within the realms of textiles and architecture. The exhibition showcases the achievements and the research conducted in topics such as experimental textiles, hybrid materials, kinetics and emerging fabrication methods.

This exhibition presents the multidisciplinary Masters Thesis “Performative Compositions: Material Behaviour as an Active Agent in Design and Fabrication”. While some design practices tend to relegate materiality as a passive constituent of form in the final stages of design, the work focuses on the implementation of material behaviour as an active parameter within both the process and the outcome of design. The work considers materials’ inherent dynamic properties as a means to build performative material compositions. As a practice-led research, the project involves digital fabrication processes and computational methods to design a kinetic surface system.

Knowledge and expertise from different disciplines were gathered to achieve the objectives of this thesis. The practical research of this thesis was conducted within the premises of Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory facilities, as a collaborative project between Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and School of Engineering.

Design Team

  • Oldouz Moslemian (Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
  • Martin Genet (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais / ENSAPM)
  • Collaborator: Jim Rhoné (M.Arch, ENSAPM)


  1. Aalto University / adjunct professor Maarit Salolainen, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
    and professor Jouni Partanen, School of Engineering
  2. ENSAPM – Digital Knowledge / adjunct assistant professor Nicolas Leduc
    and associate professor Philippe Morel

The exhibition is on display from 11 Feb. to 11 Mar. 2016 at ADD Lab, Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus. Opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, 11th of February from 5 to 8 PM.

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