House of Boing aims to add kinetics to people’s lives in a bid to remind them of curiosity and excitement experienced most strongly in childhood. We try to fashion objects and environments re-connecting us to that childlike enthusiasm, the instant reaction to new and exciting objects and activities that a majority of “adults” have lost somewhere along the way.
In the past we were playing with the interaction and relation between wearer’s and their clothing. What would happen if the clothes had a live of their own? Now we have expanded our investigative field into textile environments, filmic experiences and on-site installations.
Sometimes the movement is merely suggested in overall repeating kinetic patterns, other times textiles are made up of many little pieces, often not considered soft or flexible, but forming one surface or appearing to unite to one.
Whatever the pattern, texture or composition may be, we try to vary how it inhabits its space. Sometimes it may only appear to be suspended three dimensionally in its sphere, as in a filmic or analogue projection...othertimes it may be seen or reflected through rotating translucent or reflective materials...on the odd occasion it seems to recede into space completely, by making itself disappear into its surroundings...
In order to achieve this we have brought together designers, musicians, dancers, artists, craftspeople, acrobats, models, scenographers, film makers and photographers to create collaborative works in site-specific projects, installations, environments and film and photographic work. House of Boing was started in 2000 by its founding member Sandra Bamminger upon the completion of her fashion Womenswear degree at the renowned Saint Martins College and the following work experience placements at Clements/Ribeiro, Jessica Ogden and Eley/Kishimoto.
Since the early 2000s House of Boing have worked independently and in collaborations on shows, performances and art installations. These included various fashion and dance shows, performances, exhibitions, interventions and installations in and around London, Liverpool, the Hague, Vienna and Haslach. Collaborations in the past have featured performance pieces for Siobhan Davies Dance (in the UK and US), Martina Topley-Bird, the Glastonbury festival, Sadler's Wells "Lilian Baylis" Theatre, The Albany Theatre, the Bonnie Bird Theatre, the MuseumsQuartier as well as for AICI at the Paris Fashion Week.
Currently, our founding member Sandra Bamminger is redirecting her focus on textile art, installations and teaching methods alongside teaching in youth centres and fashion illustration classes; presently she's also finishing a teaching degree at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her diploma thesis will include an artistic part: The textile teaching Tool, a dress up textile kit named:
STOP UNIFORM: Zip, tackle and POP (working title): it will offer pop up workshops that aim to strengthen personal development expressed by using voluminous textile pieces and costumes following the Reggio Emilia Approach.
For information on this new project, textile installations, commissions of fashion or costume collections as well as millinery work, illustration or teaching workshops and any other enquiries please contact us via our email adresses.