Exhibition: ‘Making FASHION Sense’ at HeK in Basel

Text by CLOT Magazine

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HeK in Basel is devoted to all art forms that address and reflect upon new media and technologies. HeK features exhibitions, small festival formats, performances and concerts to engage with social issues and new technologies. Past exhibitions featured here in CLOT Magazine include Entangled Realities: Living With AI and Lynn Hershman Leeson: Anti-Bodies

Making FASHION Sense, their upcoming exhibition that opens on January 16, 2020, will showcase the radical transformation of fashion through technology. During the last few years, we have seen how robot arms and mixed reality, holograms and drones have all paraded down international catwalks (think about Alexander Mcqueen or Chalayan). 

Curated by Sabine Himmelsbach and Katharina Sand, the exhibition explores technology as a transformative tool for artists, designers, as well as for the wearers of clothing, generating a reinvention of fashion systems. 

How do programmable garments express our bodies? Can fashion technology reorient our gestures, our wellbeing, and our experience of others and our creative perspectives? Can fashion shelter us from others, from a dystopian future, or is it distorting the collective notions of ourselves? These are some of the questions that the curator asked. 

The exhibition includes artists and designers that use new materiality to create fashion clothing that stimulate the human senses and change our perspectives. Designers use fashion to foster their artistic expression and investigate new perceptions of our environment and human interaction, leading to new ways of making and thinking. We’ll see Well-known designers participating, such as Hussein Chalayan, Carole Collet, Adam Harvey, and Iris van Herpen

Making FASHION Sense is open from January 16 to March 8, 2020.

(Media courtesy of Hek)
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