Exhibitions & Public Programs
CorteX is a project that involves extracting and generating garments from the unconscious of designers. CorteX is part of an investigation into emergent design under the umbrella of Skinn. The project reverses the process of clothes design from an industry and media driven and derived procedure to an exercise that generates design directly and autonomously from the unconscious. The process involves a controlled hypnotic induction to access the inner mind and explores the idea of ‘intelligent’ clothing as an extension of the central nervous system. This anticipates technology, spearheaded by military research, that enables environment, inner mood and the community to be seamlessly linked into one continuous element.
Eclipse, by New York based video artist Marybeth Ward, was screened at Materials & Applications during the opening nights of the Skinn exhibit. Eclipse is the deconstruction of images of the New York Stock Exchange Times Square sign and shots from a Korn music video that culminate in a mystifying reflection of the eclipsed moon. The time-based medium allows Ward to manipulate time and space as a means of exploring the process of perception and the experience of vision. Ward often juxtaposes electronic images with elements both man-made and organic, which reveals the elemental forces locked within and around them.
Inspired by the wrapped buildings of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the stretch fabric interiors of Gisela Stromeyer, this facade presents a reverse unveiling of a new architecture and landscape by Jenna Didier, founder and previous director of Materials & Applications. The contributions of Ian Quezada (aka SONIK) were invaluable to the mounting of this installation and the success of the groundbreaking event.