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Nobel Textiles: Marrying Scientific Discovery to Design (5 Parts)

Synopsis
The "Nobel Textiles" film series show a journey whose origins are scientific discoveries and whose destination is design. In this project, based at Central St Martin’s College Art and sponsored by the MRC, five textile designers are paired with five Nobel Prize winners to develop textiles which are inspired by the scientists’ discoveries. The films follow the pairs during their research, showing their interactions, the differences and similarities between their working methods, and the development and creation of the textiles. The completed designs range from self-destroying garden textiles to a collection of clothing which reflects the relationship between internal and external body fat. How important are happy accidents to both design and scientific discovery? And how do you make a documentary about a designer who wants to stay anonymous, or a worm who’s too small to film? The scientists involved in the project are Sir Peter Mansfield, Sir John Sulston, Sir Tim Hunt, Sir John Walker and Sir Aaron Klug.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2008
Documentation
Further information on the project is available at http://www.nobeltextiles.com/nobeltextiles_/Home.html
Subjects
Design; Science
Keywords
applied science; materials science; Nobel Prize winners; textiles; scientific investigation

Online availability

URI
http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/festival/play/5740/Nobel-Textiles--Rachel-Wingfield-and-John-E--Walker
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Kiki von Glasgow
Writer
Kiki von Glasgow

Sections

Title
Rachel Wingfield and John E. Walker - Metabolic Media
Synopsis
An architectural textile proposal inspired by the enzyme ATP synthase and energy metabolism.
Located at: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/festival/play/5740/Nobel-Textiles--Rachel-Wingfield-and-John-E--Walker
Duration
11 mins

Title
Carole Collet and John Sulston - Sucidal Textiles
Synopsis
A collection of garden textiles and furniture inspired by the discovery of programmed cell death in C. elegans. Located at: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/festival/play/5739/Nobel-Textiles--Carole-Collet-and-John-Sulston
Duration
12 mins

Title
Shelley Fox and Peter Mansfield - The Fat Map Collection
Synopsis
A fashion collection inspired by magnetic imaging technology. Located at: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/festival/gsearch.php#q=shelley%20fox&label=movies
Duration
12 mins

Title
Rachel Kelly and Tim Hunt - Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Synopsis
A collection of wallpapers inspired by the discovery of a disappearing protein called cyclin.Located at: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/festival/play/5737/Nobel-Textiles--Rachel-Kelly-and-Tim-Hunt
Duration
13 mins

Title
Philippa Brock and Aaron Klug - Self Assembly
Synopsis
A collection of woven textiles inspired by the translation of 2D information into 3D structure. Located at: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/festival/play/5738/Nobel-Textiles--Philippa-Brock-and-Aaron-Klug
Duration
12 mins

Production Company

Name

Palladio Film

Sponsor

Name

Central St Martins College of Art & Design

Name

Medical Research Council, Clinical Sciences Centre

Distributor

Name

Culture Unplugged

Email
contact@cultureunplugged.com
Web
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