FASHION & TECHNOLOGY |
INTELLIGENT PRODUCT DESIGN |
INTERACTION DESIGN |
TECHNICAL ENGINEERING |
BIOGRAPHY - Dutch based designer Anouk Wipprecht is a rising star in the emerging field of “fashionable technology”; a rare combination of sartorial knowhow combined with engineering smarts and style, she has in a very short period created an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way. She creates technological couture; with background in fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction design, she creates systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as 'host' systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.
Above from her tremendous technical skills is her ability to craft a unique sartorial style for herself. Part futuristic, part anime-meets-high fashion, her aesthetics are set apart from more utilitarian wearables (which are all about function) and can be considered artistic creations in themselves. Many of her designs have been exhibited in exhibitions as well as fashion events. In Anouk's designs the technology creates the aesthetics as opposed to simply enhancing a function which is hidden. Keen on showing the nuts and bolts of the garments (often the valves and mechanisms are displayed on the outside) we witness the designs creating their own unique forms of interaction, movement and meaning.
She seeks to create a 'higher connectivity between the body and clothing' by investigating the extent to which we experience fashion (emotionally, intellectual and sensual levels) in a physical and psychological way wherein what we wear responds to us, and also affects due to what we wear. Producing something more than just the traditional function of coverture and adornment; what results is one-of-a-kind, architectural, avant-garde garments with bold silhouettes, vested with circuitry and a regalia of plastic tubes, fluids or smart foils and the ability to respond in an unique and remarkable way to human bodies.
“We shaped technology, and from that point on technology shaped us; it defines who we are as persons. I started experimenting with this some more; what if, other that building robots to help us, we would create host systems on the body that work as molded robotic structures? Technology should become more fragile and second-skin like than bulky and robotic. I like to think in ways of embryonic, organic and symbiosis. By placing technology on the body, it becomes an extension of ourselves while working as human-interface systems and connecting to others in ways of expression, communication or defense/protection. Basically everything that fashion does, only this time more personalized and customized - 'Fashion 2.0' you can call it! While fashion and technology give an added value to each other; they work as an symbiotic organism.
As science fiction author J.C Ballard once said; “Fashion is the recognition that nature has endowed us with one skin too few, and that a fully sentient [ability to feel or perceive] being should wear its nervous system externally” - we need to redesign THAT skin.” as mentioned by her.
2009 Sweden | K3/Malmö university ‘body, fashion & technology’ (engineering, interaction design) | 1 year
2006-2010 NL | HKU School of the arts Utrecht [visual arts & design] Bdes Fashion Design | 4 years
2002-2006 NL | Modelyceum Amsterdam (fashion academy) level 4 couture/tailoring | 4 years
2000-2002 NL | MTS technical fashion design pre-school | 2 years
2009 Sabine Seymour | fashiontech - Moondial, assisting, Vienna, Austria
2009 Pitour by Maria Oberfrank | fashion designer, prototype collection, Vienna, Austria
2006 de Theaterschool | dance and costume atelier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006 Xarina | latex & rubber atelier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2004 Gerritsen | theatre costume department, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
COLLABORATIONS / projects
2012 SMOKEDRESS in collaboration with Aduen Darriba; dress has a wearable [550g] accu driven smoke system with implemented wireless technology, creates the illusion of smoke around the body. (release-April 2012)
2012 MORPHOGENIC in collaboration with Graham Smith – dress that changes color according to 'tuning' (release-June 2012)
2011 INTIMACY 2.0 a series of two dresses that become transparent when approached, collaboration with Studio Roosegaarde
2011 Wearables show / St Polten university of applied science: designed 9 wearable pieces with integrated interaction
2011 St Polten university of applied science, Austria. A one month residency as artist within the university collaboration with Frederick Baker (Movie director) on wearable pieces that can interact with each other. Working with a team of students.
2011 DAREDROID 2.0 cocktail making cocktail dress in collaboration with Jane Tingley and Marius Kintel in Montreal, Canada
2011 SUPERBOWL interactive stage outfit (incl. shoes) for Fergie lead singer of the Black Eyes peas during halftime show 2011
2010 DAREDROID, cocktail making cocktail dress in collaboration with Jane Tingley and Marius Kintel in Vienna, Austria
2010 PSEUDOMORPHS fashiontech, transformable pieces in collaboration with V2labs [institute for the unstable media] Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2010 INTIMACY Black, dress with smart foil, in collaboration with studio Roosegaarde, Waddinxveen, the Netherlands
2010 TECHNOSENSUAL fashiontech/reactive graduation project in collaboration with Aduen Darriba, Hilversum, the Netherlands
2009 _WOMB short movie (1.22 min) as a critic on the fashion industry | in collaboration with Robert Lunak, Vienna, Austria
2008 INFITTABLES final course project (inflatable designs) at K3 / Malmo university on the subject of 'body, fashion & technology', Malmo, Sweden
2008 FRAGILIS fashiontech project in collaboration with Eelke Feenstra | studio zesbaans, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2008 Philips, LUMALIVE, prototyping with flexible displays provided by Philips, the Netherlands
2007 dance CARMINA BURANA | head designer of this performance touring through Holland
2007 PROJECT CATWALK (project runway) designer in the Dutch television show broadcast on RTL5, Amsterdam, NL
2006 stage outfit designs and backdrops for performance of the band 'TCE' during 2006, Amsterdam, the netherlands
2011 Intimacy 2.0 series (two new interactive dresses for Studio Roosegaarde) release during STRP FESTIVAL, Eindhoven, NL
2011 DareDroid (performance) during 'Night of the Nerd' in NEMO (science museum) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011 DareDroid (performance) in Paris; at LE GAITE LYRIQUE during the opening of 'Lyrique numerique' exhibition
2011 DareDroid (and performance) at CENTRAAL MUSEUM, Utrecht during Re:Visie / Nederlands film festival
2011 'Intimacy' during FUTUROTEXTILES, Le Campus TIO3 Renaix, Belgium
2011 'Intimacy' at MUSEO DEL TESSUTO in Prato, Italy
2011 'Intimacy Black' and 'Pseudomorphs exhibition PRETTY SMART TEXTILES, Herning, Denmark.
2011 'Black Eyed Peas stage wear' Fergie (SuperBowl outfit) exhibition HAMMER MUSEUM, Los Angeles, USA.
2011 'Intimacy' at PALACIO DE LA MERCED exhibition 'FUTURO TEXTILES' by Lille 3000, Cordoba, Spain.
2010 DareDroid during ROBOEXOTICA at Moe, Vienna, Austria.
2010 'Intimacy' at Eculture FAIR, Dortmund, Germany.
2010 'Intimacy Black' during CENTRAAL MUSEUM/ National Film Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 'BIRDS' designed installation piece for Re:visie | Centraal museum / NATIONAAL FILM FESTIVAL, Utrecht, NL
2010 'Intimacy' Impakt Open Air, Utrecht, NL
2010 TECHNOSENSUAL on HKU expo 'Exposure', Utrecht, NL.
2010 PRETTY SMART TEXTILES expo opening (Fragilis 2.0 prototype) Den Hague, NL.
2009 INFITTABLES designs touring through Scandinavia (Malmo, Stockholm & Copenhagen)
- Form & Design center, Malmö, Sweden (January-March 2009)
- Edviks Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden (March-April 2009)
- Dals Langhed, Sundsvall, Sweden (June/Juli 2009)
2010 TECHNOSENSUAL collection | 12 piece, released on 26 September 2010 during the Vienna Fashion Week 2010
2008 SIMPLE GIRL VS ROBOT GIRL 8-piece collection based on construction
2008 FRAGILIS 2 piece collection that reacts to each other when in presence of one another.
PUBLICATIONS (books interviews & magazines)
2012 ORF Chili (Austrian tv show) – 3min portrait about me and my work broadcasted at Saturday 18 Feb 2012
2012 R.E.L Dutch art / tv show in where they portrayed me (6/8min) in my studio, broadcasted at AVRO at 12/02/2012
2011 ODE (11) Interview, Amsterdam, NL
2011 QUEST Magazine – 5 page interview about my work [featured Intimacy / DareDroid / Pseudomorphs], NL
2011 KUNSTPILOTEN show over kunstenaars, Coolpolitics, aflevering 'Die met je eigen draai' – interview, NL
2011 FASHIONINGTECH.COM interview 3 pages about my work, USA
2011 TEXTILIA interview about SuperBowl 2011 project, NL
2011 article [Intimacy] Best Practice, Virtueel Platform, NL
2011 AMSTERDAM MAGAZINE 3 page interview about my work (in collaboration with Rene van den Berg), NL
2011 CREATORS MAGAZINE 3 page interview about my work, USA
2011 Hungarian ELLE Magazine [featured: Pseudomorphs bleeding dresses]
2011 FASHION UNITED MAGAZINE – 4 page spread about my work, and the Intimacy dresses, NL
2010 BOOK Interactive Landscapes by Daan Roosegaarde [Intimacy] hardcover, October 2010
2010 BOOK Functional Esthetics by Sabine Seymour [Intimacy] hardcover, September 2010
2010 FASHION UNITED MAGAZINE, September issue [intimacy + interview]
2009 BOOK '100 jaar mode in Amsterdam' interview on fashion & technology, hardcover
2008 BLEND magazine [Fragilis]
2008 BRIGHT magazine [Fragilis]
and several magazines/papers during 2008/2009/2010/2011,
see website for press page www.anoukwipprecht.nl
ARTIST in RESIDENCIES
2012 Quartier21 MuseumsQuartier - TECHNOSENSUAL curator residency
2011 studio Roosegaarde on the INTIMACY 2.0 smart foil project, Waddinxveen, the Netherlands (artist fee)
2010 Quartier21 MuseumsQuartier - Vienna Fashion Week with TECHNOSENSUAL 2 month residency 2010 V2 institute for the unstable media during Summer Sessions for PSEUDOMORPHS, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (artist fee)
2010 studio Roosegaarde on the INTIMACY Black smart foil project, Waddinxveen, the Netherlands (artist fee)
CURATING and ORGANISATION teams
2012 TECHNOSENSUAL exhibition, Freiraum / quartier21 INTERNATIONAL, Vienna, Austria. – curator position
2010 KUNSTBENDE, guest judge (/board of advice) during famous art event in Zaandam, The Netherlands
PRESENTATIONS (in front of an audience, mostly with live streaming)
2012 DEAF, Rotterdam – event organized by V2_labs / institute for the unstable media (upcoming – 18 May 2012)
2012 TEDXsalon VIENNA (upcoming – 28 March 2012)
2012 EUROSONIC, Groningen, invited as guest speaker to talk about my work (English)
2011 BEAMLAB, Amsterdam, invited as guest speaker to talk about my work (Dutch)
2011 NIGHT OF THE NERD in NEMO, Amsterdam. Talk together with Philips lightning about light & future. (Dutch)
2011 CROSSLABS WDKA, Rotterdam/The Netherlands, invited as guest speaker to talk about my work (English)
2011 E TEXTILES evening at CrashSpace, Los Angeles/USA, invited as guest speaker to talk about my work (English)
2010 PECHA KUCHA NIGHT, Vienna/Austria, invited as guest speaker to talk about my work (English)
2010 NEDERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL (Dutch Film Festival) 'Intimacy' project presentation with Daan Roosegaarde (Dutch)
2010 THE PATCHING ZONE, Rotterdam/The Netherlands, invited as guest speaker to talk about my work (Dutch)>
2010 TEST_LAB SERIES by V2, Rotterdam/The Netherlands, project presentation for the Summer Sessions (English)
2011 Best Practice #Excelente #E-Cutuur, Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam, NL [Intimacy project, Studio Roosegaarde]
2010 RoboExotica, #'Best Interaction' award for the DareDroid cocktailmaking robot dress, Vienna, Austria