Design Museum Holon
Pinhas Eilon St. 8
073 2151500, +972 7 32151515 FAX +972 3 6520331
dal 24/6/2010 al 3/9/2010
Monday, Wednesday - 10am - 4pm Tuesday, Thursday - 10am - 10pm Friday - 10am - 2pm Saturday - 10am - 4pm Sunday - Closed

Segnalato da

Sarah Andrews

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Design Museum Holon, Holon

Tokyo Fiber.

comunicato stampa

curated by Kenya Hara

Finding applications
Today, many new materials are being produced. The new materials may be attractive, but the problem we face is to discover how they can best be used. Japan has both the technology and the delicate sensibility needed to be a leader in the development of artificial fibers, and the result is the emergence of innovative advanced fibers one after another. Consequently, there is great interest in how the new fibers can be used, and keen anticipation at the application level, as people look forward to seeing what benefits the new fibers will bring. Without ideas for applications, advanced materials just stagnate, with their potential left unrealized. The aim of this exhibition is to deliberately bring a broad sweep of creators and technology people into contact with attractive new artificial fibers, encouraging them to think of applications that make the benefits of the material visible. Through that approach, Tokyo Fiber '09 attempts to show ideas for the future of manufacturing, exhibiting new environmental membranes derived from artificial fibers in order to share them with the world at large.

Examples of these innovative fibers and textiles are ultra-fine nanofibers that are only 1/7500 the thickness of a human hair, a carbon fiber that is tough, strong, and elastic, but surprisingly light, electro-conductive fibers that can conduct electricity like metal, moldable fibers that can be formed into 3D shapes, and triaxial woven fabric with three yarns intersecting at 60 degrees instead of a conventional warp and weft. There are many intelligent fibers that are as fine as animal tissue or cells. The question to address is what sort of applications we can find for them.

What is senseware? I define it as matter that stirs the human creative instinct and awakens the desire to make things. One good example is the role that stone played in the Stone Age. When you hold a stone axe in your hand, feel its hefty weight, and notice how hard it is, you sense that it arouses something deep inside you. When humans learned to walk on two legs, the hands that had newly gained their freedom must have found stones to be a very special medium, providing just the right weight and workability, and bestowing the power to smash things. Coming into contact with stone stimulated the human desire to engineer and transform the world around us, and was the trigger for Stone Age culture. Hold a stone tool and you can instinctively understand that process.

Paper is another marvelous medium. Despite earth-colored natural origins, paper is white and has a certain stiffness. However, that whiteness and stiffness are easily destroyed. Given these incredibly delicate sheets of paper, people used black ink to add letters and drawings, irreversibly imprinting black marks onto the delicate whiteness. The startling contrast has been a driver of human creative desire ever since.

Natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and silk have also greatly excited creativity. Their softness, warmth, and the dazzling array of variations and colors that they can be dyed stirred desires towards clothing that went far beyond the need to protect the body and retain warmth. Alongside the rise of popular culture since the beginning of modern times, clothing has resonated with the way that people live, establishing fashion as a whole distinctive domain.

Artificial fibers are a new senseware
When artificial fibers first became available, they substituted for natural fibers in clothing. Nylon could be used to produce a fabric that was smooth and elegantly glossy like silk, and which also had the benefits of being tougher and amenable to volume manufacturing. Later came polyester and acryl, which had properties such as durability and resistance to wear, were easy to work and efficient to produce. Both soon became indispensable for clothing. Globalization has since led to fierce cost competition between producers of these fibers. Japan once supplied large amounts of artificial fiber to markets around the world, but later that role moved to Korea and Taiwan. Now, Korea and Taiwan have also given up, leaving the role to be taken up by China and India. The great majority of artificial fibers used in clothing today are now produced in countries with low labor costs.

Paralleling this shift, Japan's artificial fibers became much more advanced and high-tech, enabling them to transcend the area of clothing and find a broader range of applications. By shifting from clothing to eco-materials in general, many more applications become feasible. Examples include man-made blood vessels, airplane fuselages, membranes for filtering water, swimwear, sports footwear, and other advanced clothing. The industry has extended its footprint into peripheral areas such as intelligent materials where appearance and tactile experience are less of a priority than structure and function. Artificial fibers now provide greater performance than natural fibers in areas such as delicacy, sensitivity, formability, rigidity/toughness, and flexible expression. Artificial fibers are currently hinting at dramatic developments that will make them into a completely new senseware, acting like skin cells to form our environmental interface.

Antonio Citterio
Ross Lovegrove
Shigeru Ban
Gwenael Nicolas
Hiroo Iwata
Jun Aoki
Kashiwa Sato
Kengo Kuma
Kosuke Tsumura
Makoto Azuma
Hara Design Institute
Panasonic Corporation
Theatre Products
Yasuhiro Suzuki
Atelier Omoya

Getting here:
Egged lines from Tel aviv:
90, א'97, 97
From Bat-Yam: 1, 5
Dan Line From Tel Aviv: 3

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Design Museum Holon
Pinhas Eilon St. 8 - Holon
Museum opening hours: Monday, Wednesday - 10am - 4pm Tuesday, Thursday - 10am - 10pm Friday - 10am - 2pm Saturday - 10am - 4pm Sunday - Closed
Admission: Adults - NIS 35 Youth (11-17) - NIS 30 Children (5-10) - NIS 20

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