Smart Textiles Open Studio & Network Meetup

Join us for a free, smart textiles open studio and networking event hosted by Sara and Sarah at V2_Lab in Rotterdam on Tuesday 26th November from 19:00 – 21:00.

Nov 2019
19:00 to 21:00

We invite the smart textile network to view a demo of light emitting lace and a short presentation about the Worth Partnership funded collaborative project with CWI Amsterdam and JaneJaney.

The aim of the evening is to share our progress developing large scale light emitting lace and a control system for theatre and performance environments, gain some feedback and create an open environment to connect and discuss work in progress with the smart textiles network in the Netherlands. Feel free to bring along work in progress to show or discuss, and please share with your network. The bar will also be open for an informal chat and a drink.


V2_Lab for the Unstable Media is an interdisciplinary center for art and media in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). V2_presents, produces, archives and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society. Founded in 1981, V2_ offers a platform for artists, designers, scientists, researchers, theorists, and developers of software and hardware from various disciplines to discuss their work and share their findings. In V2’s view, art and design play an essential role in the social embedding of technological developments. V2_ creates a context in which issues regarding the social impact of technology are explored through critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-orientated research.

Sara + Sarah

Sara + Sarah have been working together for the last 5 years and their research practice as smart textile designers is deeply collaborative. Through this practice, they have built new knowledge on the production and application of smart textiles. Fundamental to their research is material curiosity and the exploration and pursuit of new, visual aesthetics in conjunction with interactive and performative function. They have recently formed a business Sara + Sarah – Smart Textile Design offering a bespoke service to enable the textile industry to innovate in the area of smart textiles and continue to work on collaborative projects that explore the creative application and artistic potential of smart textiles in different contexts.

CWI Amsterdam

CWI Amsterdam (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. By creating a synergy between mathematics and computer science, CWI pursues fundamental and long-term innovation. Their strength is discovering and developing new ideas that benefit society and the economy, as well as other scientific areas. Research is rooted in practical, real-life questions and explores essential aspects of modern life, including transport and communication networks, internet security, medical imaging and smart energy systems. Innovations form an integral part of numerous software products, programming languages and international standards.


JaneJaney are set and costume designers and installation artists - a collaboration of Janey Gardiner and Jane Wheeler. They transform spaces and performers for theatre, dance, opera, festivals and events. Their portfolio is diverse and unconventional reflecting their desire to work across genres on innovative, ambitious work. They thrive on collaboration and are always delighted to be approached by other artists. They love what they do, have exceptionally high standards, throw everything into every project and laugh a lot in the process.


Open: 19.00-21.00
Entrance: Free/Donation

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