21-28 July 2018: Entry Now! CSMXTokyoTech Wearable Hackathon

Hackathon (design workshop) will be held in July as part of the ongoing Biotechnology Wearable Fashion project. Full House – application closed, thank you!

“Existential Wearables” : In 10 years, what do people wear in Tokyo?

How will what we wear reflect how we feel, how we act and how we want to connect with others? How can a wearable technology enhance or affect how we want to exist as humans? As city populations and demography continue to increase and technology becomes even more embedded in our lives, how can we secure personal space and maintain a sense of freedom? How will our external apparel reflect our internal world – will what we wear help us to communicate, to disconnect or to cooperate with our surroundings?

The Existential Wearables project explores the interface between the body, technology and society to explore possible manifestations for future wearables. We will be facing a number of social issues such as aging, population decline, elderly nursing, immigration, in 10 years’ time in Tokyo. Our community sites including hospitals, schools, streets, offices etc have their strong and weak, good and bad, positive and negative  aspects of each, as if they show their own light and shadow. Considering the issues, expressing our thoughts and emotions, reflecting Tokyo’s history and culture, playing the ideas, we will create Existential Wearables.

Over 8 days we will bring together people from design, biology, art, engineering and technology to speculate through making, for a ‘hackathon’ of collaborative workshops working with programmable textiles and light emitting materials. Prototypes, designs and ideas created will be developed further and presented at a public event in Hikarie in late September 2018, intended to extend the conversation about life enhancing biotechnologies.

Ulrike Oberlack and Heather Barnett from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London will conduct the hackathon in collaboration with Kayoko Nohara and Hiroshi Tsuda from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Drawing on the ideas generated in the previous fashion cafés and the workshops, students, industry people, artists/designers, and scientists/technologists will work together to build on the emerging ideas, hack materials and build prototypes.

(This is a credit course intended for Tokyo Tech graduate students.)

Hackathon Details:

  • Date: July 21 (Sat) , 22 (Sun if the participants like), 24 (Tue), 25 (Wed), 26 (Thu), 27 (Fri),  28 (Sat)
  • Time: Tuesday-Friday: 18:30-20:30   Saturday: 13:00-15:00 (subject to change according to the designing situation)
  • Venue: Ookayama campus
  • Credit: 1 unit
  • Language: English (assistance will be provided as needed)

Register here. Closed
Inquiry: e-mail to Megumi Hiraki (hiraki.m.aa@m.titech.ac.jp)

Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Environment and Society: “Biotechnology Fashion” Workshop Project
“Support for Overseas Cultural Projects” 2018, from Arts Council Tokyo

2018 7/21-28 東工大大岡山キャンパス

これまでのカフェイベントやディスカッションでの議論た提案をふまえ、東工大その他の大学生、アーティスト、デザイナー、科学者/エンジニアはじめ多様な職種・専門のメンバーで協働し素材から検討してプロトタイプを作ります。東工大生は単位履修可能:2Q 広域教養科目 LAW.X423。


  • 7月21日(土)13:00 東工大南5号館407Aワークショップルーム
  • 22日(日)13:00 東工大石川台5号館3F デザイン工房
  • 24日(火)18:30 デザイン工房
  • 25日(水)18:30 ワークショップルーム
  • 26日(木)18:30 デザイン工房
  • 27日(金)18:30 デザイン工房
  • 28日(土)13:00 ワークショップルーム

時間: 火 – 金: 18:30-20:30 (現場で延長可能性あり),

土日: 13:00-15:00 (現場で延長可能性あり)


(本学大学院生の場合 単位: 1単位 広域教養科目)

言語: 英語(ただし教員が必要に応じて日本語でアシストします、議論は日本語でも可能)

お申し込みはこちらから:満員御礼! 締め切りました

問い合わせ 教務支援員 開めぐみまで (hiraki.m.aa@m.titech.ac.jp)


2018年 アーツカウンシル東京「海外発文化プロジェクト支援」事業

[OPEN CALL] 26 June 2018: “Contours of Mode”, Guest Lecture by Keisuke Nagami

”Contours of Mode”: Guest lecture by Keisuke Nagami, fashion designer (HATRA)

Photo © personal documentation

Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2020
Time: 18:00~19:30
Venue: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Earth Life Research Institute 102 ELSI Hall
Admission: Free
Language: Japanese

Profile: Keisuke Nagami
Fashion designer, born in Hiroshima, 1987. Studies couture in France and established HATRA, a unisex brand which proposes comfortable clothes fit to the Internet-age environment with “rooms” as the main theme. His recent works include “Future Beauty -Japanese fashion and its future quality-“(Tokyo Met Museum 2012),「JAPANORAMA 」(Le Centre Pompidou-Metz 2017-18 ).

Please register here in advance.

Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Environment and Society: “Biotechnology Fashion” Workshop Project
“Support for Overseas Cultural Projects” 2018, from Arts Council Tokyo
Sponsor: British Embassy in Japan
Partner: SHINDO

講演 「モードの輪郭」
日付 6月26日(火)18:00~19:30   開場 17:45より
場所 東京工業大学 蔵前会館3F手島精一記念会議室(大岡山駅前1分)
→ 会場変更 東京工業大学 地球生命研究所102 ELSIホール

参加費 無料
講演者 長見佳祐 (HATRA)



「Future Beauty -日本ファッションの未来性-」(2012 東京都現代美術館)、「JAPANORAMA 」(2017-18 ポンピドゥ・センター・メッス)など

2018年 アーツカウンシル東京「海外発文化プロジェクト支援」事業
後援: 駐日英国大使館

3 May 2018: Full House! Biotechnology Wearable Cafe ~New Material~

In ten years, what do people wear in Tokyo?

We held an Art and Science cafe under this simple theme.

Date & Time: May 3, 2018, 13:00~16:00
Venue: 2F Meeting Room, Kuramae Kaikan, Tokyo Institute of Technology

About 50 participants gathered on the holiday and discuss about the future wearable based on the life value, societal issues, and new material information.

The first-person in the field of fiber material, Prof. Kikutani delivered a lecture on the world of materials. High performance, comfort, health, environment, beauty…While pursuing diverse values, the development of fibers is actually beyond our imagination. We should catch up with the advanced development and aim at even one more step ahead.

Check the full report here!

Workshop Project: “Biotechnology Fashion”, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Support Project of 2018 Arts Council Tokyo





繊維研究第一人者、鞠谷先生によるレク「素材の世界」。高性能、快適、健康、環境、美しさ… 多様な価値を探求しながら、繊維の開発は私たちの想像をはるかに超えて先を行っている。私たちの思考は追いつき、その先を目指せるか。レポートこちら

2018年 アーツカウンシル東京「海外発文化プロジェクト支援」事業

[OPEN CALL] Biotechnology Wearable Cafe ~New Material~

In ten years, what do people wear in Tokyo?

The sense of value towards life has been changing. The change is due to development such as life maintained and gene manipulation by Biotechnology. Life that continue eternally and death naturally with ease. The discussions will cover diverse aspects of life.

Fashion is beyond trend and culture. It is also deeply involved with life. We face challenges to develop fashion that is suitable for working, protects the seniors, children, the disabled, and especially during disasters.

In the near future, Technology, Fashion, and Wearable will inter-connect with one another. We wonder what kind of living city will Tokyo turn into and what we should discuss and consider now.

“In ten years, what do people wear in Tokyo?”
With this simple theme on our mind, we opened an Art and Science Cafe.
Based of value towards life, technology, societal issues, and new materials available, we will deepen the discussions.

We would like to hear voices from engineers, material developers, and YOUR inspirations.
As a citizen, or as a brief visitor, please let us hear your voices. The final ideas and proposals will be shared with Central Saint Martins and released on a website dedicated to this project.

Date & Time: May 3, 2018, 13:00~16:00
Venue: 2F Meeting Room, Kuramae Kaikan, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Free of charge

Application by May 1.

Workshop Project: “Biotechnology Fashion”, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Support Project of 2018 Arts Council Tokyo


生命体テクノロジーウェアラブルカフェ ~新素材編~ 開催! 満員御礼 お申し込み締め切らせていただきました。




日時:2018年5月3日(木・祝) 13:00~16:00
東京工業大学蔵前会館2階 大会議室(大岡山駅から1分)

参加お申し込みはこちらから  満員御礼 ごめんなさい締め切らせていただきました!


2018年 アーツカウンシル東京「海外発文化プロジェクト支援」事業

13 March 2018: Heather’s Lecture @BioClub, Shibuya

After fantastic workshop on previous day, Heather Barnett from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London also gave lecture at BioClub Tokyo. Heather talked about her work with intelligent organisms, from slime molds to humans, and about knowledge creation across transdisciplinary, and also did mini-workshop after presentation.

Introducing Heather Barnett.  Photo © Nohara Lab 2018
BioClub Weekly lecture, 13 March 2018 at FabCafe 10F Tokyo.  Photo © Nohara Lab 2018

Biotechnology Wearable Cafe 3

The final workshop is creative thinking at the aquarium with Heather Burnett!

Date: Friday, 23 March 2020
Time: 15:00
Place: AQUA PARK Shinagawa (gathering place: in front of ticket gate of O-Okayama station)

※Transportation expenses and aquarium admission ticket (2,200 yen), each to pay your own fare.

ALL welcome! If you could join, please let us know by Thursday.

Inquiry: Deep Mode Secretariat


最終回はヘザー・バーネット氏と水族館でcreative thinking!






Deep Mode事務局

Biotechnology Wearable Cafe 2

Biotechnology Wearable Cafe 1 at Shibuya Hikarie on March 12 was a great success! (25 attendees)
Next, a post science cafe discussion will be held to explore the topic further in an informal setting.

ALL welcome! No registration required!

Date: Monday, 19 March 2020
Time: 15:00 – 19:00
Place: Tokyo Institute of Technology, South 5 Building, 407A (Workshop Room)

Inquiry: Deep Mode Secretariat

ポストサイエンス&アート Cafe ディスカッション

東工大にて「ポストScience Cafe」を行うこととなりました。

場所:東京工業大学南5号館407A (ワークショップルーム)





Deep Mode事務局

Biotechnology Wearable Cafe 1: “Many Headed: co-creating with the collective”

For the 3rd series of “Tokyo Tech Transdisciplinary Technology Theory”, Heather Barnett from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London will be invited for casual lecture and free discussion at Shibuya Hikarie 8/Court, Tokyo.

Biotechnology Wearable Cafe 1:
“Many Headed: co-creating with the collective”

Admire the original slime fungal art with Mr. Heather Burnett of the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. From there, we will discuss what it means for humans and other organisms to coexist, what “life” is, and what kind of symbiosis can be considered in the mega city “Tokyo” in the form of a science cafe.

Event Information:

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time:15:00 – 18:00
Opening time: 14:30
Venue: Shibuya Hikarie 8 / COURT
Facilitator: Professor Kayoko Nohara (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Guest speaker: Heather Barnett (Tokyo Institute of Technology Invited Professor & Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London Faculty Staff)

  • Simultaneous interpretation available
  • Free of charge
  • Advance registration required

More information here.

Registration & inquiry: Deep Mode Secretariat

『 東京工業大学融合技術論』シリーズ第三回 ロンドン芸術大学からHeather Barnett氏を招き、渋谷ヒカリエ8/COURTでカジュアルに、講義とフリーディスカッションを行います。

生命体テクノロジーウェアラブル カフェ 1
Many Headed: co-creating with the collective


会 期 2018年3月12日(月)
時 間 15:00–18:00
開場時間 14:30
場 所 渋谷ヒカリエ 8/COURT
ファシリテーター:野原佳代子 教授 (東京工業大学)
ゲストスピーカー : Heather Barnett 氏
(東工大特任教授・ロンドン芸術大学 セントラル・ セント・マーティンズ校)

料 金 無料
事前申込 要


Deep Mode事務局

March 2018: Heather Barnett the Artist Arrived from CSM!

Heather Barnett from CSM.  Photo © The Experiment Symposium/TiTech 2017

In 2017, we invited three faculties from University of Arts London, Central Saint Martins and started collaboration between science and

technology and art/design. The last but not least is Heather Barnett, a slime mold specialist who came to Japan at the joint symposium “The Experiment”.

Very welcome to Nohara Lab and Deep Mode, Heather!

2018年度はCSMから3名の先生を招聘し、科学技術とアート/デザインのコラボレーションを開始しました。ラスト3人目は、合同シンポジウム「科学・アート・デザインの実験  The Experiment」でも来日してくれた、粘菌スペシャリストのヘザー・バーネット。ようこそ野原研へ、DeepModeへ