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Toasty Titties, Cup Towers, and Hacking the Exhibit

 

Sit on the cot. It’s OK.

In the last days of January, 2016, 160 students from Kent State and sixteen other universities slept on one of these for two nights (don’t worry, it’s been cleaned). In between, they hacked the fashion world. As a result, the exhibit on show now at the MuseLab is a celebration of this event—The Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2016—where students were invited to spend 36 straight hours in The Fashion School to create wearable technology and compete for prizes. To continue in the hacking spirit, the MuseLab team created a “crash exhibit” less than a day after the judging ended that reveals the entire process of the weekend, from registration, to living (there’s those cots again), to the results of hacking.

 

After sleeping on cots all weekend, I joined the exhibit team in this fast-paced exhibit installation. Ironically, none of the products are now working in the exhibit, as the technology had to be removed (this was a hack after all). But that’s beside the point; my vision was to not just show the products of the event, but to reveal the process behind it, something not often seen in either of the worlds of fashion or technology development.

 

Take a look, touch, and listen to the projects because they are pretty cool. They represent this process. The expectation for the projects are not polished pieces but first ideations and conversation starters. The students were investigating what could be not a final product. Some projects may eventually be refined and commercialized and some will be boxed up and soon to be forgotten. As you look at the exhibit, do you say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or a, “Wow, they went there!?” See where the objects take you. Like most ideas, this exhibit is designed to be a flash of inspiration. Here today and gone tomorrow. An insight into the creative mind.

 

Take a seat. On the cot. It’s OK. Think about what you could hack into fashion.

 

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