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Lucy Orta, Connector

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Orta
Due to unforeseeable circumstances, Lucy Orta is unable to present her planned keynote address at the conference, However she will be represented by her work in the conference exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery.


Born in Great Britain 1966, studio based in Paris
Currently the Rootstein Hopkins Chair at the London College of Fashion for The London Institute.
Lucy Orta's Refuge Wear, was first noticed in the early 90's. These objects resembled temporary mobile architectures which transformed into poetic items of clothing, sleeping bags, first aid units, for nomadic populations. Her Collective Wear sculptures in the form of tent domes with protruding appendages, exhibited in the Modern Art museum in Paris in 1994 were placed into urban contexts for a series of interventions in housing estates, subway stations… and later developed into a human chain, Nexus Architecture which has since become the emblem of her work and has been presented in site specific performances such as the Venice Biennale in 1995, Johannesburg Biennale 1997, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney 1998, Bolivia, Berlin, New York, Mexico City.
http://studioorta.free.fr/index.html

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Marie Blaissé, Spiral Tube Dress

Maria Blaisse
Born and lives in Amsterdam
For the past 30 years Maria Blaisse has been at the forefront of research and education in textiles and flexible design.
Using contemporary materials and processes, such as neoprene rubber, foam polyamides, vacuum moulding and lamination, Blaisse creates non-woven forms for the body that are poetic and deceptively simple. Her collaborations with designers such as Issey Miyake and costume designs for theatre and dance companies have resulted in the creation of objects which not only change the appearance of the wearer, but adapt to the movements of the human body, while retaining a sculptural life of their own.
Blaisse’s interests lay in the intersections between art and fashion, incorporating video, performance and photography, in an exploration of sculptural performance with the body as a critical element in the animation of material form.

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Tissue Culture & Art, Worry Doll

Tissue Culture & Art
TCA (Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr)
Based in Western Australia
The Tissue Culture and Art Project is an on-going artistic research and development project into the use of living tissue technologies as a medium for art practice. Their goal is to create a contestable vision of futuristic objects that are partly artificially constructed and partly grown/born.
Since 1996, TC and A have been applying tissue-engineering principles for the purpose of artistic expression, growing tissue sculptures, ‘semi-living’ objects, by culturing cells on artificial scaffolds in bio-reactors. These semi-living objects consist of both synthetic materials and living biological matter from complex organisms. Ultimately, the goal of this work is to culture and sustain, for long periods, living objects of varying geometrical complexity and size. A unique set of issues and problems has arisen. Some of the problems concern the practicalities of the procedure itself, while the acquisition of living cells has focused attention on the ethical and social implications of creating ‘semi-living objects’.
Such techniques, should they be developed, would theoretically make possible the design of garments and fashion objects of living materials. The conceptual and practical work of TC and A blurs the boundaries between what is born/manufactured, animate/inanimate and further challenge our perceptions of and interaction with our environment. This most radical of 'new technologies' shifts the perspective of what may be possible, or desirable, in the future of garment and fashion design. http://www.tca.uwa.edu.au/

The Tissue Culture & Art Project (TC&A) is hosted in SymbioticA - The Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia.

The State of Western Australia has made an investment in this project through ArtsWA in Association with the Lotteries Commission.

Cells and advice supplied by Verigen Australia; special thanks to Professor Ming. H. Zheng, and Paul Anderson.

Technical advice by Professor Dharmarajan Arunasalam, Glass work by Greg Cole. Special thanks to Adam Fiannaca.

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Reiko Sudo, Nuno Corporation, Paper Roll

Reiko Sudo, NUNO Corporation Japan
Reiko Sudo, born 1953, Ibaragi, Japan
In 1984, Reiko Sudo was one of the founders of Nuno Corporation based in Tokyo, a company whose name is synonymous with innovative texiles that blend tradition and technology. Sudo now heads NUNO Corporation, combining the best of past and present; drawing on traditional aesthetics and attention to creative processes to inspire today's fashions, while enlisting modern technologies to make Japan's ‘lost art’ more accessible to textile lovers worldwide. Her work has been shown worldwide, with exhibitions in the United States, India, and Israel. It is also represented in collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. http://www.nuno.com/flash.html

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Marie O’Mahony
Marie O'Mahony is an independent consultant and lecturer specializing in textiles and technology. She has worked for companies and institutions advising on projects, preparing reports and organising workshops, symposiums and exhibitions. Clients include The Netherlands Design Institute, Interval Research Corporation, Ove Arup and Partners, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Interstoff at Messe Frankfurt and Zaha M Hadid. She has curated several international exhibitions including The Soft Machine - Design in the Cyborg Age, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam (1998 - 99). O'Mahony is author of Cyborg: Man-Machine and co-author of Techno Textiles and Sports Tech, and co-curator of the touring exhibition The Fabric of Fashion. She has recently been commissioned to write an update to the book Techno Textiles and can be contacted at her website http://www.techconsultant.co.uk

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