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Textile Futures: New Design Frontiers

Currently on at the Espace Foundation EDF in Paris, a group of future-focused designer and thinkers are exploring the ways synthetic biology could define future material manufacture.

Entitled Alive: New Design Frontiers, the show comprises the work of designers, architects working at the intersection of art, science and engineering and nature.

The exhibition has been split into five themes; The Plagiarists are those using nature as an inspirational model, while The New Artisans are “collaborating” with nature itself. The Bio-Hackers examines those who are “re-programming” nature, while The New Alchemists looks at designers and scientist working to create “new hybrid organisms”. Lastly, The Agents Provocateurs are a selection of artists considering ethical and sustainable issues to explore a “far future”.

“These designers create and unravel a future hybrid world, where our everyday products and manufacturing tools will be ‘alive‘. They operate within a sliding scale of a ‘natural nature’ and a new ‘programmable nature’ in the quest for innovative ecological models,” explains show curator Carole Collet, who is also Deputy Director of the Textile Futures Research Center at Central St Martins.

View the work of recent graduates from the MA Textile Futures 2013 program at Central St Martins in our latest show coverage.

Read more about the exhibition via Stylesight.

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