Fabrics of Life Workshop on the theme of Evolution

l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

2009 celebrates the bicentenary of Charles Darwin, who proposed the theory of natural selection as a mechanism to explain evolution. Darwin’s theory has had an enormous impact within and beyond the scientific community. The third Fabrics of Life workshop explores the theme of evolution with talks from leading evolutionary biologists and participation from professional artists and designers in a bid to celebrate scientific discovery through the media of design and fashion.

The workshop  -  a collaboration between the Curie Institute and ENSAD  -  is funded by the Epigenome Network of Excellence. Hosted and organised by Jean-Paul Longavesne (ENSAD), Sara Franceschelli (ENSAD), Genevieve Almouzni (Curie Institute) and Edith Heard (Curie Insitute), this event pioneers the use of art and design as a means to communicate and engage a wider audience in science.

The morning talks will be held in the Amphi Bachelier at ENSAD, 31 rue d'Ulm and are free and open to the public. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The afternoon workshop is closed and will involve a brainstorming session between selected students enrolled on courses and ENSAD and the participating speakers. The outcome of the workshop will be a series of short-films produced by ENSAD students that conceptualise evolutionary principles in design models.

The event was filmed by Kiki von Glasow of www.palladiofilms.de

Fabrics of Life Workshop: Evolution from cscweb on Vimeo.