Re-FREAM a collaborative research project implemented between 2019 to 2021 where selected artists and designers teamed up with a community of scientists to rethink the manufacturing process of the fashion industry. It’s a pillar of the STARTS Programme (Science + Technology + Arts), an initiative of the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Awarded artists of the two rounds received a grant of 55,000 Euros. Over a nine-month period, these hybrid teams embarked on a co-research and co-creation journey guided by a specific art/tech collaboration methodology in which they employed some of the most powerful technologies from some of the world’s most cutting-edge labs.
With a focus on the future of urban manufacturing of fashion, the research was carried out at three different European scientific hubs (Berlin, Linz, Valencia). Each hub was dedicated to one area of research: additive manufacturing, smart textiles and sustainable finishing. We called them challenges. In our co-creation spaces we provided access to technologies (LINK zu Resources/technologies) such as 3D printing (PolyJet), micro-nebulization, ozone or calendering technology, laser cutting, injection-molding etc. All research results, co-creation processes and the technological tool box are being shared openly to build up a self-running and sustainable innovation community with artists and technologists. The goal was to develop new concepts for the future of fashion by means of new processes and aesthetics that are inclusive and sustainable. 20 projects accepted the challenge and contributed valuable ideas and concepts – all of them thinking ahead about the future of fashion and materials