International Workshop DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY

Call for participants


Applications are now closed. The selected participants in alphabetical order: Evrim Büyükaslan (TR), Hedvig af Ekenstam (SE/SI), Levi Goldman (US), Maria Mullane (GB), Magdalena Orasche (AT/DE), Andrius Pukys (LT), Maja Šimunović (HR), Dejan Tašner (SI), Jensin Elaine Wallace (US), Petja Zorec (SI).

The RogLab production center in Slovenia and Open Style Lab from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US are inviting designers and engineers to participate in DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY, an international collaborative workshop focused on design, disabilities and assistive technology. The workshop will take place March 30–April 3, 2015, in Ljubljana.

RogLab Prototype, Raincoat by Petja Zorec, Photo: Branko Čeak

RogLab Prototype, Raincoat by Petja Zorec, Photo: Branko Čeak

The aim of the workshop is to create fashion accessories with and for users with physical disabilities. The workshop offers an excellent opportunity to nine selected participants to take part in an international collaborative process focusing on universal, user-centered design. Participants will be challenged to create both aesthetically pleasing and functional fashion designs that offset the constraints of disability. In addition to being mentored by an interdisciplinary team of experts from both design and engineering backgrounds, participants will gain skills in a variety of fabrication techniques, as well as knowledge in basic programming and electronics for wearable technology. Selected prototypes from the workshop will be presented at a fashion show during the DISART Festival (USA) in April 2015, the largest disability arts festival in the US, alongside other Open Style Lab designs. Download Call for participants.

Application deadline: February 9, 2015.
Additional information: Send any questions related to this call to: by January 12, 2015.
Answers will be published on the RogLab website by January 15, 2015, at the latest.

Organized by: RogLab, Open Style Lab, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana.
Supported by: City of Ljubljana, Embassy of the United States - Slovenia, MIT.
Partners: Culturemaker Institute, YHD - Association for Theory and Culture of Handicap, Slovene Etnographic Museum.
Sponsors: City Hotel Ljubljana