In this three-week intensive interdisciplinary research project students will work with experts in the fashion, art, architecture and computing to design and fabricate second skins for the human body. Students will develop computational systems alongside material systems that can be deployed as wearable objects.
“New Skins: An Interdisciplinary Research Project” with Francis BITONTI
07/22–08/08 / Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center (DAHRC)
61 St. James Place
Brooklyn, New York 10038
The project will begin with the capture of a human body via 3D scanning technology. This data will be used to through the project to operate on within the virtual environment and as an input for morphogenesis. Students will then undergo a crash course in digital modeling and parametric design techniques focused on developing flexible and adaptable material systems capable of responding to the demands of high tech garment.
Throughout the project researchers will be joined by guest critics from a variety of disciplines, ranging from fashion, art, architecture and computation. The students will also visit a number of fabrication and design studios related to fashion, digital design and manufacturing. Projects will then be worn by a model and documented through photography.
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Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center (DAHRC) Pratt Institute
The research project will span three weeks from July 22nd to August 8th. Weekly meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
$700.00 Fee includes fabrication services materials and guest critics and lectures and professional photography. We ask that researchers bring their own computers however no software is required. Interested Participants please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Francis Bitonti is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher based in New York and the founding principal of Francis Bitonti Studio, a firm dedicated to the application of new technologies within design. Francis founded Francis Bitonti Studio, in 2007 after creating a bike rack prototype for the New York City Department of Transportation. Since then, Francis has worked on projects ranging from interior design to fashion. Francis Bitonti Studio is dedicated to the research and integration of new technologies into architectural design and construction, and its work has been published in outlets such as: Surface Asia, Complex, Wired.com, and V Magazine.
Throughout his personal work and his involvement with Francis Bitonti Studio, Francis works across a variety of design disciplines ranging from architecture to fashion to industrial design and is passionate about algorithmic form generation, smart materials, and interactive environments.
Francis holds a Masters of Architecture from Pratt, where he has also been a visiting instructor, and is currently teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture and is a researcher with the Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center at Pratt Institute. His work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and most recently has garnered media coverage collaborating with costume designer Michael Schmidt on a 3D printed gown for fashion icon Dita Von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it debuted at New York’s Ace Hotel in March 2013. Francis currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.