Exploring the 21st century of fashion

2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing

An evening that fuses science/technology and art/fashion takes place on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Exploratorium.

2nd Skin Clothesline Exhibit is on view April 29 - September 7, 2008

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About the exhibit:

The Exploratorium projects the human imagination into the 21st century of fashion. San Francisco's popular, museum of science, art, technology and human perception hosts a quirky evening event -- 2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing -- where science/technology and art/fashion converge at a runway fashion show on Friday, April 25, from 7-11pm. The artists' stellar works, to be highlighted around the spaces of the museum, will be up for five months, as will "the clothesline project," which will show off the creative works of visitors, from April 29-September 7, 2008.

Artworks include Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi's Massage me, an interactive, wearable computer that allows users to play a video game and massage a friend at the same time, developed in Linz, Austria; Takehito Etani's Masticator, headgear that gives audio-visual feedback of chewing during meals; and Stephanie Sandstrom's EPA dress that responds to bad air through sensors and crinkles up. Scott Tallenger's Tribute to Norma Desmond dress features still and moving images from the film Sunset Boulevard.

Matthew Gale's clothing allows the wearer to "rest" anywhere with its built-in, portable neck rest. In addition, local artist Sha Sha Higby will perform within her exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture of layered wood, silk, paper, urushi, ceramic, and gold leaf. Refreshments available for purchase.

Don't miss demonstrations of the latest trends in heated clothes, electroluminescent wire, soft circuitry, green innovations and new materials. You'll see Karen Wilkinson's jackets and hats made of layers of plastic bags and danger tape, or Anna Rochester's Snickers wrappers dress, and dresses made of old-fashioned filmstrips. A selection of artists will be using recycled materials such as soda cans and ping pong balls.

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