Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science

A white piece of fiber art suspended in air
Soft Monitor (Victoria Manganiello and Julian Goldman), c o m p u t e r 1 . 0 (detail), 2018, hollow polymer tubing, natural fiber thread, liquid, operating system, photo by Kelly Vigil, courtesy Soft Monitor

Join us Friday, January 28–Saturday, January 29, 2022, for Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science to explore the intersections of textiles with sustainability, digital technology, mathematics, and more. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, which opens January 29, 2022, and explores the ways in which fiber-based practice has and continues to influence scientific theory, pedagogy, and innovation.

The symposium, originally scheduled to be in person, will now be online. Please register for each session below to receive the Zoom link. Visitors are welcome to see the exhibition in person during regular museum hours.

Schedule for Saturday, January 29

All times are Eastern Standard Time



11 am–12 pm: Curator’s Tour of Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science
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1–2:15 pm: “Textiles, Technology, and Social Good”
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  • Trisha L. Andrew, Materials Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur

  • Emilie Giles, Researcher, Artist, and Educator

  • Ursula Wolz, Computer Science Educator and Textile Crafter

  • Moderated by Aarathi Prasad, Computer Scientist

2:30–3:45 pm: “The Future of Textiles and Sustainability”
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  • Preeti Arya, Textile Professional and Consultant

  • Juan Hinestroza, Nanotechnologist and Inventor

  • Alissa Sandra Baier-Lentz, Fashion Industry Entrepreneur

  • Moderated by Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Food Studies Scholar

3:45–4:15 pm: Day 2 Discussion
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A Zoom conversation open to all attendees to meet and talk about the first day of the symposium. Moderated by Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.

See the schedule for Friday, January 28.

About the Symposium

Together, the symposium and exhibition embrace the values of cross-disciplinary collaboration and engagement and especially highlight the value of artists to offer solutions to our most challenging questions today. We will think creatively about the future of textiles—their role in our lives historically and how moments of scientific progress in textiles can inspire future innovation, their technological possibilities for social good, the need for a more sustainable and climate-friendly textile industry, and more.

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Pattern by Erin Barry ’16
Inspired by the exhibition The Jewel Thief
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.