Fashion, which has turned to mass production and mass consumption almost at the same time as the Anthropocene, has begun to have a great influence on the natural environment. Transitioning from 19th century haute couture to the 20th century prêt-à-porter, an update to the fashion industry is vital not only for the environment, but also for ourselves.
In this work, Algorithmic Couture: Chimera, aims to speculate on a new paradigm of fashion that integrates the creativity and generative aspects of algorithms and bacteria. By pursuing the means of a “Chimera-like body”, the work is an experimental amalgamation of information and life, nature and artificiality, using biomaterial and AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithmic aspects in the design process. Through being empathetic (and sometimes critical) of the rapid growth of information and bioengineering technology, how might we update our own perception of bodies, value and fashion?
Synflux [Kazuya Kawasaki / Kotaro Sano / Kye Shimizu / Yusuke Fujihira]
Synflux is a research collective to speculate the fusion of fashion and technology founded in 2019 by Kazuya Kawasaki, Kotaro Sano, Kye Shimizu and Yusuke Fujihira.
Speculative Fashion Designer
Speculative Fashion Designer / Design Researcher /Presidency, Synflux. Kazuya is a award-wining fashion designer at Global Change Award by H&M Foundation, Japan Media Art Festival: Art Division, Dezeen Design Award Longlist, YouFab Global Creative Award 2017, Wired Creative Hack Award 2017 and STARTS Prize 2017. Also he was selected for one of the top 20 global design graduate by Dutch Design Week, World Design Event and Design Indaba, and he was nominated for a one of the “Tech-Skin Innovator” for Future Innovator Summit Tokyo 2018 by the Ars Electronica Tokyo Initiative. He is in a doctoral course at the the graduate school of media and governance at Keio University SFC, X-design program.