The Swedish research workshop focused on the sense of hearing. Not in a narrow sense, but expanded in such a way that the human body was considered a resonating body. Under the supervision of Professor Clemens Thornquist and doctoral student Vidmina Stasiulytė and based on acoustic experiences the participants fathomed multiple creative opportunities. This generated innovative fashion-sound-concepts.

A young woman with short hair, white cardigan and a sleeping mask is walking slowly through the room, her arms stretched forward, as several thin paper strips hanging down the ceiling are brushing against her shoulders. In the background there are some people walking around. Between the paper strips are hanging some white balloons. On the floor, several colored pieces of fabric.
Three women and a man behind them walking in large room, in the background an orange wall, some clothing racks, a big colorful lamp and some other vague objects. The man is holding up a camera, the woman on the left with dark blonde curly hair is laughing towards someone. The young woman with straight blonde hair in the center, wearing dark casual clothes and dark lipstick, is holding to cylindrical, tube-like objects to her ears, one made out of paper, one out of transparent plastic. The third woman on the right with short blonde hair and glasses, also in dark clothes is holding two colorful paper tubes to her ear.
Three young women and a young man are talking at a large table with a laptop, notepads and coffee cups, the woman on the left with dark hair and a white pullover is making gestures towards the others,  the one on her right with her dark hair in a bun is watching her. The man with medium long hair and glasses, in a black turtleneck, is listening calmly. On his right is sitting a blonde woman with glasses in the shadow, leaning in her chair.
In a large room with grey stone floor, there are around twelve women and men sitting in a chair circle and watching a PowerPoint presentation on a hanging screen. One of them is supporting his head with his hand, everyone seems concentrated. On the left there is a man with a camera on a tripod. Next to the screen a woman in a mustard yellow sweater with a laptop is talking. On the screen is written “Learning about creative tech”, underneath there are four pictures with examples.
Four young women in a room sitting in a row at a large wooden table, all wearing sleeping masks and palpating and stroking attentively different kinds of textiles. In their middle is a woman standing and leaning over the table, also placing a hand on some material. Next to the women are some notebooks and phones laying on the table. In the background there is furniture stored.
Three young women are sitting at a large wooden table, in front of them notebooks, a water bottle and a laptop, as well as some boxes, cables and different objects. The woman on the left with dark curled hair is placing her head on her hands, watching the two others next to her holding up an object connected to wires. They are both smiling as they examine their object. On their right, a tall woman with a mustard yellow sweater is standing at the table, leaning on her hands, looking interested.

With its red brick buildings and its unagitated and calm atmosphere, Boras may look like any other Swedish town. But appearances are deceptive – Boras was the center of the Swedish textile industry at the beginning of the 19th century. Today most of the production has been relocated, but with its state of the art textile museum and its high-tech university Boras has kept its textile spirit. The kind of spirit that is needed for a project like BEYOND SEEING. After previous research workshops in Berlin and Paris, the Swedish participants of the project have now gathered here to explore fashion using their ears instead of their eye.

Fashion is a multisensory experience that can be created using sound. This statement is the guiding thread of BEYOND SEEING’S International Research Workshop in Boras. Through a presentation held by Lithuanian student Rugile and visually impaired actress Irma, participants are introduced to innovative ways of rendering fashion perceivable to the visually impaired. Rugile has invented a new way of drawing fashion sketches beyond seeing: she perforates thick paper with a needle-like tool according to her imagined design sketch. Her multisensory embossage-like technique allows for a dialogue between fashion designer and customer, due to perceiving fashion in a comparable way.

Guest lecturer and scientist Emilie Giles of Open University in London has found a way to bridge the senses of touch and hearing with an innovative form of e-textile. Giles and her team facilitate hand-on making workshops, in which blind and visually impaired people are taught to add useful or aesthetically pleasing vocal information to their everyday clothing. Her presentation gave insight in the scientific opportunities that evolve from multisensoryl approaches to fashion.

PhD candidate Vidmina Stasiulyte has dedicated her thesis to the connection between sound and design. For BEYOND SEEING, she is presenting different methods of creation to the participants. The group is invited to participate in a number of exercises entitled Sonic Silhouettes, ranging from the selection of audio-focused tactile material to a ritual-inspired group performance. The participants use different forms of sounds to create sonic identities that will be an essential contribution to the upcoming exhibition.

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