fashion hack day 2017: franz betz and team win first prize in berlin

photo: wear it berlin / michael wittig, berlin

fashion hack day 2017, one of the world’s biggest competitions in the fashiontech and wearables scene took place for the second time in berlin’s fabLab from 19th to 21st may. as part of the SYMA LINE team, sculptor franz betz presented his innovative project “the SYMA connection – color and sound for crowd experience”. using beyonce as an example, they led the audience into a virtual concert hall. there, beyonce wore a concert jacket with built-in color sensors. the pulsating light ornaments could be passed on by touch. the virtual project trip convinced the jury and the SYMA LINE team won the highest award.

photo: wear it berlin / michael wittig, berlin

just a few days ago, a recent survey by the kreHtiv network and hannoverimpuls on the regional fashion industry had shown that hanover is at the forefront of fashion and does not have to hide from the metropolises like hamburg and berlin. the result of the award ceremony in berlin underlines this result. in his light art laboratory trafolab in hanover, franz betz develops fashiontech projects together with young designers from the fashion schools in hanover, including projects for the freaky fashion show. the future will reveal which unusual ideas will still emerge in hanover; the diversity of training in the field of fashion in hanover seems to be a good basis for this in any case.

the sculptor of light franz betz from hanover is the initiator of the project “TrafoLab”, where ideas for projects around fashiontech and wearables with students of the fashion schools in hanover have already been developed. he is also co-organiser of the open light festival “ihme-vision” and chairman of the werkbund nord e.V..

TrafoLab is the first light art laboratory in germany. the former transformer station in hanover-kleefeld sees itself as a place that brings people together and networks on the subject of “light and art”. the focus is on experimenting together in space and working on the object. the place where electricity was transformed, networked and distributed in the past becomes a meeting place where the future is transformed. new ideas are transplanted and transported in workshops. the light art laboratory is interesting for all those who seek dialogue in order to work on transdisciplinary problem solutions. franz betz has already carried out various projects with young people and adults on the subject of light art.

the team consists of the three fashion designers christina olschewski, layla mueller and victoria eviston-putsch (berlin), cosplay star rudolf arnold (ulm) and the well-known sculptor franz betz (hanover).


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