I’ll be flying to Istanbul next week to participate in this awesome project (or rather, the Counterfeit Crochet Project will be representing!)… It’s happening during the Biennale, which should be a great way to get the word out on the project. Stop on by!

Hackers and Haute Couture Heretics
The “Hackers and Haute Couture Heretics” exhibition curated by fashion designer Otto von Busch (www.selfpassage.org) at Garanti Gallery* between 4 September – 11 October 2007 investigates how fashion can be hacked, recircuited and transmutated. The participating artists and designers use hacking, shopdropping, and craftivism as tactics used in the outskirts of fashion and explore these methods further through a series of open workshops at the gallery. During the six-week relay the artists and designers taking part in the exhibition propose new ways of operating within the fashion system, reverse engineer the concept of fashion in order to find ways to practically hack it. These artists and designers are not subverting fashion as much as subconstructing it, tuning it, and making its subroutines run in new ways. 

Participating artist’s work times at Garanti Gallery:

  • Giana González (PA): 4-11 September 

  • Stephanie Syjuco/Counterfeit Crochet Project (US): 11-15 September

  • Megan Nicolay (US): 18-22 September
Cat Mazza (US): 22-27 September

  • Junky Styling (UK): 28-29 September 

  • Rüdiger Schlömer (DE): 2-6 October
SHRWR (SE): 2-11 October

During the exhibition workshops led by the artists will be held every evening in the gallery between 18.00 and 20.00The opening party at The Hall on 6th September is a Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a public clothes swap and hack. Bring a bag of your old clothes that are dying in the back of your wardrobe and reconstruct them into something new! In the night the Swap will turn into a fashion party organized by IstanbulStreetStyle. During the party entitled “Heretics”, there will be a showcase of 35 artists from Copenhagen / Triangle Project in installations of sound and visuals, eclectic DJ music and sumptuous grooves from vocalist Camille Jones.

Garanti Gallery
?stiklal Caddesi 115a Beyo?lu 34430 ?stanbul
Tel: +90 212 293 6371 Fax: +90 212 293 8327
4 September – 11 October 2007
Tuesday-Saturday 11.00-20.00