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<nettime-ann> Test_Lab: Clothing without Cloth, May 26

V2_ presents:

Test_Lab: Clothing without Cloth
Material Explorations in the Field of Fashion & Technology, curated by Valérie Lamontagne.

Thursday May 26, 2011
20:00h (Doors open at 19:30)
Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
Admission: Free
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Featuring: Emily Crane (UK) | Christien Meindertsma (NL) | Carole Collet (UK) | Grado Zero Espace (IT) | Pauline van Dongen (NL) | Freedom of Creation (NL)

Material culture in clothing and fashion has always been linked to technology - from looms to sewing machines to the processes of harvesting raw materials and transforming them into 'cloth'. However, the concept and materiality of textile is being contested with new technical practices which subvert conventional expectations of what cloth should be.

Increasingly, material research in clothing and fashion is leading us down the path of synthetic and organic explorations to enhance garments by means of novel manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, rapid prototyping and bio-couture, by reconsidering harvesting philosophies such as local production, and by implementing scientific novelties such as carbon nanotubes and shape memory alloys.

What is more, many of these innovations at the textile substrate have transformed the relationship between our bodies and clothing - presenting us with a varied field of material _expression_ and somatic experience. This event seeks to ask questions about new materialities for clothing, investigates the crossover between fashion and applied uses, and probes towards a future of clothing without “cloth”.

In this edition of Test_Lab you will witness Emily Crane prepare molecular cuisine 'garments' in front of your very eyes; probe the speculative designs of Central Saint Martins’ Textile Futures ateliers with MA course director Carole Collet; join Christien Meindertsma to question what happens when you harvest wool from your own flock of sheep to then computationally knit your sweater; test out high-tech laboratory-developed garments from Grado Zero Espace and experience what it feels like to walk in Pauline van Dongen’s 'printed' shoes made in collaboration with Freedom of Creation.

This event will be streamed live at http://live.v2.nl

Send us your tweets during the event: #V2_

Your pictures of this event tagged with the keyword 'V2_' will be published at www.v2.nl

For more information please contact Valérie Lamontagne

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