ElektroCouture presents: TheLab - let's talk biotech fashion
TheLab is a place where Scientists and Designers Co-Create, to build a platform for science and story-telling through fashion. This way we achieve two goals:
1. To change cultural perception of bacteria, mushrooms, algae and any other bio-agent to promote the idea of sustainability through bio-mimicry/bio-hacking for garments.
2. To Innovate and develop ideas for new materials, interactivity and life-cycles for clothing.
TheLab presents an evening of co-creating with algae, bacteria and fungi. Come and visit an open space to explore science as a tool for designing with living organisms in the context of fashion.
We will have a 3-hour open program of demos, performances, talks, arts, workshops and drinks.
TheLab sets the stage for extra-cellular messaging. We gather, this night— to glow, grow and multiply. We'll learn how and why. Biologists, designers, artists, colorists, makers, scientists, weavers, technologists: this is an invitation to become indistinguishable from one another. Blurring occupational lines, boundaries are illusions.
6:30 pm Welcome - Introduction to TheLab
K-Lapse by Sofie and Lusi - TheLab
8:00 pm Bacterial Material World - Edible Alchemy (Alexis Goertz)
8:30 pm Integrating Bioluminescence - TheLab + Florence Razoux
Drinks and networking
The bioluminescent installation:
Florence is an artist and working scientist interested in the intersections of emotional responses and biology, simply put. After conversation we thought to collaborate on a bioluminescent bubble installation, to be developed at this time. I'm meeting another scientist on Friday to culture the bacteria/algae. So it's not, in the traditional sense 'her' work. But we are working on it together. The bubble machine will be installed in a black box with view holes. (for total darkness and containment)
Sound installation "sound of the ocean:" link is here
Gyujin Lee an artist from South Korea. This piece was made to bring the ocean of his childhood to his new living place in Berlin, an ocean-less place. I believe his approach to co-designing with nature-generated-data is in conversation with other instances of biodesign.
So if he doesn't want to speak, then I guess we won't have his installation. I don't see the reasoning for this as his installation will only add to the overall event. Sometimes the quietest people can be the most inspirational.
A first off total studio collabo overseen by Angelika and I aka TheStudio/TheLab. We see this as an opportunity to collaborate on the thematic occasion of designing our own micro-biome, so to speak. Illustrating this with various textures, textiles, technologies and techniques. The idea is that we would produce a large scale 'tapestry' piece to hang from the trusses of the ceiling in the back of the studio, somewhat like a curtain. ALSO: This is a waste-management concept exploration. We will use the scraps and left over acrylic, for example. Creative, collaborative innovation with waste.