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Linz, In Kepler's Gardens

Collaborative development for urban manufacturing.

The research project Re-FREAM is exploring the interaction between the domains of fashion, design, science, craft and technology, hereby promoting a space for co-creation and research, where experimental projects will connect artists with scientists and technologists for better human-centered and sustainable solutions. The focus of the research is the future of urban fashion manufacturing, using additive manufacturing (3D printing), electronics, and eco-innovative finishing. Informed by social and environmental values, these methods could create a new value chain for the fashion industry. Over a nine-month period, these hybrid teams were on a co-research and co-creation journey guided by a specific art-tech collaboration methodology in which they employed powerful technologies from some of the world’s most cutting-edge labs. The Re-FREAM Garden shows the results of several co-creation projects, illustrating the potential of combining art with technology, crafting and sciences. The projects reveal a speculative perspective on fashion and open new spheres for design, sustainable production and a new value chain.

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The project involves an international consortium of partners with experience in technology, research, fashion, and design, as well as art-tech transfer expertise.
Project Management: CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria
Hub management Linz: CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria
Hub management Berlin: Wear It Berlin GmbH
Hub management Valencia: AITEX (Asociación de Investigación de la Industria Textil)
Technology Partners: Care Applications S.L., Consorzio ARCA, Empa, Fraunhofer IZM, Haratech, IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), Profactor, Stratasys, University of Art and Design Linz / Department Fashion & Technology

Re-FREAM has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme in the framework of the STARTS initiative (Science, Technology & the Arts) under Grant agreement No. 825647