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Exhibition|Synflux “Algorithmic Couture Alliance: Digital and Fashion Dialogues”

Civic Creative Base Tokyo[CCBT]
March 15 (Fri) – 24 (Sun), 2024
Civic Creative Base Tokyo[CCBT]

Marking the culmination of its project as a CCBT artist fellow, Synflux’s final exhibition is Algorithmic Couture Alliance: Digital and Fashion Dialogues. The exhibition is accompanied by talks and a workshop featuring specialists from various fields, exploring questions about the future of digital fashion that will unfold across both the real and the virtual.

New forms of creativity are now emerging from the meeting of rapidly evolving digital technology with fashion design.
Synflux’s exhibition presents a vision of the future of digital fashion that unfolds across the real and the virtual.

As a speculative design laboratory striving to create the next generation of fashion, Synflux engages in R&D and social implementation in ways that harness digital technology. During its time as a CCBT artist fellow, it has been researching the diversity of digital fashion that occurs not only in virtual spaces but also across physical experiences and manufacturing. This now culminates in an exhibition and website, Algorithmic Couture Alliance.

The exhibition investigates hybrid approaches to fashion design involving digital technology. Through videos of dialogues with Tokyo-based, internationally active designers and brands viewable in the venue and online, it showcases the diverse potential of digital fashion. Exhibits also include a utilization of Algorithmic Couture, a design system developed by Synflux that reduces material waste during clothing manufacturing. The exhibition is accompanied by an opening talk at SUPER DOMMUNE as well as “What is the Digital Me and Smooth Fashion Design?,” a series of lectures and workshop with researchers and members of the public.
Comprising varied research and dialogue, the exhibition brings into relief a multifaceted discussion about clothing design and manufacturing systems, our consumption, and our physicality in relation to digital fashion. These reveal the future paths and current challenges for digital technology and fashion design.
As a CCBT artist fellow, Synflux has undertaken wide-ranging research on the more environmentally friendly systems for fashion design made possible by new technology. Through the exhibition and related events, it aims to construct a creative alliance of torchbearers for realizing the future of generative fashion.

○Three Aspects of the Exhibition

1. Dialogue: Research through conversations with practitioners
The exhibition showcases research into digital fashion know-how and technology. It features discussions with Tokyo-based, internationally active fashion designers and brand directors through videos in the venue and online content. Visitors can explore the potential for fashion design practices working with AI, and of using digital technology to design and manufacture things.

2. Project: Fashion practices utilizing digital technology
The exhibition features collaborations that make use of Synflux’s design system Algorithmic Couture. Visitors can see examples from the TYPE-IX Synflux project done in collaboration with A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE and from SYN-GRID, a collaboration with GOLDWIN.

3. Context: Research into the contexts and future of digital fashion
The exhibition explains the historical contexts for digital fashion that became apparent over the course of the project, and explores those technological and creative possibilities. The exhibition also includes a manifesto looking ahead to the future of fashion that digital technology will usher in. The changes likely to occur as human creativity intersects with new technology are introduced through easy-to-understand diagrams and keywords.

TYPE-IX Synflux project ©︎ISSEY MIYAKE

○Related Events

◯Opening Event SUPER DOMMUNE “Algorithmic Couture Alliance: Digital and Fashion Dialogues
Date & Time: March 15 (Fri) 18:00-22:30

Venue: SUPER DOMMUNE *Studio viewing is also available. Admission free, Capacity: 50 (First-come, first-served basis)

◯Open Dialogue “Open Dialogue: Fashion Design for the Digital Self
Date & Time: March 20 (Wed) 11:00-18:30

Capacity: 【Session 1】【Session 2】Capacity: 90 (First-come, first-served basis)
    【Session 3】Capacity: 30 (Pre-Registration Required) 

detailed information: https://ccbt.rekibun.or.jp/events/synflux_opendialogue

CCBT Art Incubation Program

One of CCBT’s core programs, the Art Incubation Program provides opportunities for creative talent to undertake new projects and makes those processes accessible to the public, facilitating forms of artistic expression, exploration, and action that change our city for the better. Selected through an open call, five artist fellows will act as CCBT partners, developing their projects, making the creative process public, exhibiting the results, and holding workshops and talks.
Details: CCBT Art Incubation Program

Photo by Keta Tamamura


Speculative design laboratory

Synflux is a speculative design laboratory using the newest technology to design fashion for the planet. While being considerate of nature and the planet and working towards, we aim to achieve our goal to attain a connected world where we can express our personal ideas freely. We work together in creating a sustainable fashion design system for the next generation through AI, 3D tech and the most updated digital technology (e.g. blockchain systems). As a collective of fashion, design, and technology professionals we are all taking on the challenge of using design and research as a bridge to innovative projects and social integration.


Kawasaki Kazuya

Speculative fashion designer / CEO of Synflux Co., Ltd.

Born in 1991. Masters at Keio University Media and Governance XDesign program. Specialized in the design research and fashion design applied research practice. Awards won namely H&M Foundation Global Change Award Special Prize, Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan Media Arts Festival Art Division Jury selection, Wired Creative Hack Award among others. Forbes Japan 30 under 30 (2019), a member of the WWD JAPAN NEXT LEADERS 2020 list. Committee member of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s research group “Fashion Future Lab: Thinking about Fashion in the Future ”.


Sano Kotaro

Speculative fashion designer / CDO of Synflux Co., Ltd.

Born in 1998. Researcher in constructing new design techniques for garments through applying computational design and bio design. In recent years, working together with algorithmic design specialists to develop differential geometry and evolutionary algorithm applied design methods for creating garments fit for the body and suitable for the environment. Some past awards including, but not limited to: H&M Foundation Global Change Award Special Prize and Wired Creative Hack Award. Co-writer for Sustainable Fashion by Gakugei Shuppansha 2022.


Okamoto Hiroki

CTO of Synflux Co., Ltd.

Born in Aichi prefecture, 1987. Masters at Tokyo University of Science Department of Architecture and Art University of Information and Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) Department of Media Creation program. After working at noiz architects, became a member of v0id, a collective of individuals from various backgrounds: architecture, photography, graphic design, to name just a few. Cross disciplinary works including fields such as videography, installations, interior design, and fashion design. Awards include MADD. (Movie for Art, Design and Data) Award 2019 Excellence Award, ADAA (Asia Digital Art Award) 2019, International Talent Support ITS 2020 Finalist. Member of Synflux since 2021.


Fujishima Yoko

Fashion researcher / CCO of Synflux Co., Ltd.

Born in 1988. Finished Ph. D. degree at Tokyo University Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies without degree. After studying fashion design at University of Arts London (Central Saint Martins), shifted to specialized research on fashion and media, and the history of Japan’s fashion industry. Joined ZOZO Technologies Inc. in 2019. After working as a research scientist at ZOZO research lab, appointed office as Fashion Tech News editor in chief. Committee member of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s research group “Fashion Future Lab: Thinking about Fashion in the Future ”. Member of Synflux since 2022. Associate professor at College of Social Sciences Ritsumeikan University, honorary researcher at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project.

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