Abstract

This paper engages the productive encounters between science and technology studies (STS) and design – and, in particular, aesthetics, comopolitics and design futures -- through an account of participation in a computational fashion project. Computational fashion is an important and rich site of research for a number of pressing STS concerns related to hybridity, materiality, knowledge-building and publics because of the ways in which issues of labor and gender are situated. Through collaboration and participation in the process of conceptualizing and using digital tools to design a 3D printed garment, it is possible to work out relationships between the digital and the material that are difficult to describe in STS theory. As such, the process of making as well as the final 3D printed garment and its exhibition become sites where the social is configured and reconfigured.

Keywords:

hybrid; digital; fashion; publics; aesthetics

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Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design Futures in Computational Fashion

This paper engages the productive encounters between science and technology studies (STS) and design – and, in particular, aesthetics, comopolitics and design futures -- through an account of participation in a computational fashion project. Computational fashion is an important and rich site of research for a number of pressing STS concerns related to hybridity, materiality, knowledge-building and publics because of the ways in which issues of labor and gender are situated. Through collaboration and participation in the process of conceptualizing and using digital tools to design a 3D printed garment, it is possible to work out relationships between the digital and the material that are difficult to describe in STS theory. As such, the process of making as well as the final 3D printed garment and its exhibition become sites where the social is configured and reconfigured.

 

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