Soft interfaces – crossmodal textile interactions


The importance of cross modal interaction within the contemporary cultural, technological, and scientific panorama has evidently gained significant attention due to its remarkable advantages in creating a meaningful, interwoven, and integrated experience. The use and recontextualization of textiles in such exploratory quest into the human senses has proven to be critical. Computational science, algorithmic logic and digital devices have always been rooted and closely interwoven with textile crafts and practices. Recent technological advancements have further combined technology and textile, generating interactive textile surfaces, constructing endless possibilities for multisensorial experiences.

Within my practice-led research, I investigate the evolution of e-textiles and work comprehensively on developing functional soft interfaces and cross modal interactions in textiles, by investigating textile as the next link between perception, human senses and digital environments. On that basis, the focus of my DLA masterwork, is materialized by developing a technology and implementing it as an artwork. Soft Sound is the result of a prolonged artistic research on the intermedial relations between sound, textile, haptic space and tangible interfaces. A collection of electronic textiles exploring the phenomenology of perception by creating a dialogue between senses, textile and the physical implementation of this work as a technological tool. A multisensory experience examining the correlations between textiles and touch, using sound as a material force.


Judit Eszter KÁRPÁTI

Doctorate type

Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA)

Year of completion


Case study type

Impact case study

Institution details

Doctoral School

Applied Arts