Fashion & Tech
Behnaz Farahi brought a selection of fashion and tech creations to San Francisco as part of the Future Fires Nov. 4 event at The Midway - an exhibition called "Second Skin" - with assistance from Kelsey Issel, Clark Suprynowicz, and a dedicated team. Behnaz is interested in exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body through the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by following morphology and behavior principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in physical computing, sensor technologies, additive manufacturing and robotic fabrication technologies. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Ars Electronica, Linz and Context Art Miami, and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Frame Magazine, and many more. Farahi has won several awards including Innovation By Design Linda Tischler Award, World Technology Award (WTN) and is the recipient of the BASA and Madworkshop Grants and the Rock Hudson Fellowship. Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems / will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars. She has been an Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9. Currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has a Bachelor’s and two Masters degrees in Architecture.
Dutch-based Anouk Wipprecht is an artist, designer, curator, and lecturer, and a rising star in the emerging field of “interactive couture,” combining sartorial know-how with engineering smarts and style. Anouk creates systems around the body that tend toward artificial intelligence. An ingenious and strangely beautiful splice of couture and technology, her dresses may repel attackers, attract new friends, lay down a trail of smoke, or ward off bolts of lightning from a Tesla Coil. Anouk’s many credits include her creation of the 2011 SuperBowl Halftime show with the Blackeyed Peas, and her Technosensual Exhibition in Vienna, Austria in 2012 (which attracted 32,000 visitors over its 10-week span). She was invited to participate in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2014, has been at CES every year since. Anouk was featured at the 3D PrintShow in Paris in 2015. We are in discussion with Anouk to bring a staged exhibit to SF demonstrating that what we wear can have a mind of its own.