Join the Tang Teaching Museum Friday, January 28–Sunday, January 30, 2022, for Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science to explore the intersections of textiles with sustainability, digital technology, mathematics, and more. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, which opens January 29, 2022, and explores the ways in which fiber-based practice has and continues to influence scientific theory, pedagogy, and innovation.
Participants will hear from invited scholars, artists, and thinkers in academia, business, tech, and the arts on the historical and present connections of fiber-based practice and the sciences. They will also be able to take part in weaving demonstrations, curator-led exhibition tours, and interactive workshops to create e-textiles and mathematical models.
Together, the symposium and exhibition embrace the values of cross-disciplinary collaboration and engagement and especially highlight the value of artists to offer solutions to our most challenging questions today. We will think creatively about the future of textiles—their role in our lives historically and how moments of scientific progress in textiles can inspire future innovation, their technological possibilities for social good, the need for a more sustainable and climate-friendly textile industry, and more.
The symposium is free and open to the public and will be held in person at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Registration details, speaker and workshop schedule, and safety guidelines are forthcoming.