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Co-Research and Co-Design

The main aim of the Art/Tech Collaboration is to foster a co-research and co-design approach to innovation in order to create knowledge and know-how from cutting edge artwork and creative practices in the field of urban fashion manufacturing.

Technologists and designers/artists seldom share a common language nor a common approach towards a joint target. In Re-FREAM, artists and designers will be asked to re-think their work in a more scientific way. Vice versa, technologists will be required to re-think their research in a more artistic way. Both groups will benefit from mutual learning and empowerment. Our research suggests that by building a trans-cultural common space; an “unlearning-to-learn” environment, we can achieve a new mindset that balances the two.

Selected artists and technologists commit during a nine-month period (part face-to-face in the hubs, and part online) to undergo a co-research and co-creation process together by using the Re-FREAM Art/Tech Collaboration Methodology on specific technology challenges. Training and co-design with environmental and manufacturing experts will thus expand the vision of the hubs beyond prototype and small-scale manufacturing towards a holistic perspective for a sustainable future.

Art/Tech Collaboration Methodology

The Re-FREAM Art/Tech Collaboration Methodology and its curated set of tools inspire, guide and document each project´s development from start to finish. Every essential feature of each project can be analyzed while integrating artistic, technological and eco-design considerations. This “dialogue” or “conversation” requires participants to take on a collaborative attitude, where both must listen, share, and learn from the other. They will be encouraged not only to think “outside of the box,” but to understand “outside of the box.”

The Art/Tech Collaboration journey is organized into three phases with an overall duration of nine months. Each phase integrates stages within a common timeline indicating a fixed start date, halfway point and completion.

Adding aesthetics to a technology enhances the attraction for consumers. To be clear, fashion makes technology – literally – wearable. Therefore, although fashion reacts to the evolution of technology, the tech industry utilizes fashion to bring their products closer to the consumers.

Art/Tech collaboration schedule

By applying to our programme, you commit to the Re-FREAM conditions and a nine-month collaborative Art/Tech Collaboration process, partly in-person and partly online.

The duration of collaboration project time is 9 months. Within this time you as an artist must be present in their respective co-creation space and thus spend a minimum of 30% of the project time in residency (meaning at the location of the co-creation space).

The residency time will be distributed according to the Art/Tech methodology and timeline.

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Art/Tech Toolbox

In Re-FREAM it is needed to redefining the design process into an organic and flowing horizontal dialogue between different actors, where knowledge is shared and built upon.

In order to generate new and unconventional knowledge, yielding mindful and creative solutions for our world, scientific structures should be redesigned into open spaces without limits, bringing together profiles from different areas to connect, experiment and create together.

This Tech/Art Transfer Toolbox has been designed as a reference document, which could be of interest both for artists and sci/tech experts.