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Fashion Design and Movement

Can we make a costume from the perspective of feeling and movement?

Conny Groenewegen We Are Muze: Heidi 2016 — © Photo by Anouk van Kalmthout

In collaboration with Baltan Laboratories we are organizing two immersive workshops led by Conny Groenewegen that combine fashion design and movement.

Species Spectacle with Conny Groenewegen and Nina van Tuikwerd (19.10)

What you will do
Have you ever wanted to learn about the habitat, behavior, specific needs, and expressions of an animal/plant? This workshop experiments with learning to interpret the voice of species by creating and shaping a care manual. Using the facilities of the Costume Lab, you will learn to give expression and life to your chosen species by using techniques such as block printing, transfer, embroidery and appliqué on used T-shirts and reshape them into a statement piece honoring a plethora of species.

Bugs & Buds Bootcamp with Conny Groenewegen and Csilla Lakatos (21.10)

What you will do
A day-long immersive workshop that combines fashion design and movement. Maybe a costume doesn't have to look like a different species, but it does make you feel like a different species. This may be because it manipulates or limits the movement you can do while wearing the costume. The workshop is primarily about empathy, but is strongly focused on experience, context and senses. Another question we want to address in this workshop: if we want to move as insects, can we do so as a single insect or is a swarm or nest (plural) essential? Maybe even undergo a cocoon-to-insect transformation?

Conny Groenewegen
After completing a study in fashion and visual art, Conny Groenewegen started making drawings. Her research traces back to the origins of methods: revealing and re-establishing the sparkle of manufacturing before the fashionable took its toll. She sheds a new light on production, whilst searching for what is essential and appropriate for organizations and brands. She does so by taking away barriers, preparing reinvigorated procedures for the next step, ready to interact with the world.

Inhuman Carnaval

These workshops are part of Inhuman Carnaval. An ongoing program at Natlab (and beyond) in which we practice letting go of anthropocentric thinking and celebrate biodiversity by dressing up as non-human species. The program includes workshops from renowned fashion designers, art exhibitions, performances, film screenings, lectures, parties and more. Join!

About Mediamatic

Mediamatic is an art center in Amsterdam that is dedicated to new developments in the arts, science and biology. We make space for projects that arise from design research into socially urgent themes. Currently we're mainly focusing on nature, biotechnology, the senses, and the re-use of 'waste' material.
Conny Groenewegen We Are Muze: Heidi 2016 — © Photo by Anouk van Kalmthout
Strijp-S area, Natlab, Kastanjelaan 500
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Wheelchair accessible
Wifi available
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