27th January 2014
The graduate at ESDi, Gerard Rubio, will present his project at CIDIC

On the occasion of the third International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia, that will be held at the School of Design ESDi from 17 to 20 February, the graduate of the same school, Gerard Rubio, will expose its Final Draft Grade ’Open knit’. Rubio, who has now made a quantum leap in his career since has been able to present their project at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, which has been explained the development process conducted by performing ’Open Knit ’ .

Seizing the opportunity, the School of Design wanted to interview him and this is the result:

- Not quite a year you graduated and you’ve exposed the Tàpies Foundation. How do you feel ?
Well now a little exhausted, the fact of this exhibition is not simply the result of much devotion and dedication to the projects I’ve been working over the years. Before entering at ESDI I had done some projects but since I started college and I was acquiring new knowledge has been one non- stop, always trying that I did within the university for which I serve was off and vice versa. In fact, the project that is currently exposed is the continuation of the final thesis submitted last September.

- How and when did you receive the news? - What was the process you went through to expose your project ’Open Knit’?
This exposure arises from my artist residency at Hangar, a production center located in the Poblenou . Following a long relationship between Hangar and Tàpies Foundation had the idea of creating a collective exposure of residents to the Foundation Hangar automatically entered to take part in this exhibition for the simple fact of working at Hangar, one could say that the selection process was to become part of Hangar not to participate in the exhibition.

And what is exactly, ’Open Knit’?
OpenKnit is a project that proposes a new tool to the society, a digital manufacturing tool in the field of textile production posed an alternative to the unadjusted model of production and consumption that we have. It is primarily a knitting machine capable of making clothes and ready to use automated from digital files , some files that you can create and share selflessly through an online repository.

- How did you came the idea?
It was a very slow process and it worked that developed over the creation of the final project , from an idea that has little to do with what has come to be . It arises from a series of socio-political concerns, some knowledge in the field of physical computing and digital fabrication and my stay at the university where I could live for 4 years with colleagues from different specialties . The latter is probably the most crucial of all , the interdisiplinearietat is a very fertile territory .

-Know if the exposure has been received ?
I honestly do not know, is little objective feedback that I received from a close environment as much Hangar and have not felt much else beyond this circle, so my feeling is that the reception is still rather warm , we’ll see.

-Currently , what project are you up to ?
I’m still developing the same project focused now , once the machine has been created , to generate documentation for being able to publish in a position while I work on paral • parallel with different births projects Workshop Close To The Body that performed ESDI last year with Professor Marina Castán and several students home projects that revolve around fashion and electronics.

- Any advice for future graduates ?
Venture to do things outside my comfort zone has been a constant in my production , which has allowed me to get all the adversities and many and various skills along the way. Risk and disobedience are in creating a great school.