Core Team

Ebru Kurbak, Project Leader
Irene Posch, Key Researcher
Matthias Mold, Technical Specialist
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Industrial Design 2, led by Fiona Raby (Vienna, AT)

Student Researchers

Laura Lang (SS 2015)
Konrad Cernohous (SS 2015)

National and International Collaborators

Mika Satomi, Hannah Perner-Wilson / KOBAKANT (Berlin, DE)
KOBAKANT explores the use of textile crafts and electronics as a medium for commenting on technological aspects of today’s “high-tech” society. Their work often includes twisted criticism of the stereotypes surrounding textile craftsmanship and electrical engineering. For Stitching Worlds, KOBAKANT and their critical approach will be included through collaborative research residencies and workshops.

So Kanno (Berlin, DE – Tokyo, JP)
So graduated from the Department of Design Informatics at the Musashino Art University, and the Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences in Ogaki Japan. He contributes to the project by bringing his expertise in hardware, software and concept development in domestic textile machinery in collaborative workshops.

Werner Pramel, Heidemarie Hohenbüchler
Department of Art and Design, HTBLVA Spengergasse (Vienna, AT)
The program for Surface and Interior Design at the school for higher technological education holds important expertise and resources in the field of textile production. Spengergasse contributes to the project by opening their professionally equipped textile production infrastructure to the use of the project as well as by engaging students in the project in various forms.

Prof. Dr. Arif Kurbak, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tuba Alpyildiz
Department of Textile Engineering, Dokuz Eylül University (Izmir, TR)
The Department of Textile Engineering at DEU holds strong technical knowledge in the field of textile technology. In the context of Stitching Worlds knowledge exchanges will be held in Turkey in order to get access to professional machinery (knitting) and knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Lars Hallnäs
Smart Textiles Design Lab, Swedish School of Textiles (Borås, SE)
The Smart Textile Lab researches within relevant areas for Stitching Worlds such as artistic design research in the textile field, experimental product design, “smart” textiles and design- driven logistics or the design process in itself.

Piem Wirtz, Melissa Coleman, et al.
e-textiles Workspace (Rotterdam, NL and online)
The e-textiles workspace is an exchange platform initiated by Piem Wirtz and Melissa Coleman in Rotterdam. The group consists established artists and practitioners coming from different fields such as arts, design, HCI etc. around the world.

Prof. Dr. Anthony Dunne, Prof. Fiona Raby
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art (London, UK)
The group of Design Interactions is essentially interested in the social, cultural and ethical consequences of emerging technologies, this means asking probing questions through design. The institute for Design Interactions acts in a relevant field of context for the project. Anthony Dunne and his graduate students will be involved in the project through ‘special interest design workshops’ held at the RCA in London.

Thomas Geisler
MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (Vienna, AT)
The MAK is one of the most important museums of its kind worldwide, standing for the fruitful combination of the past with the future. Bringing together applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art is one of the museum’s core competencies.

Guest Experts

Mark Miodownik [Materials Science]

Mark Miodownik is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL. He is the author of the award winning best selling book Stuff Matters, a guide to the material world, and the science, history, engineering, and culture that underpins it. He is also the regular presenter of the science and engineering BBC TV programmes. Miodownik was recently included in the The Times list of the top 100 most influential people in UK science. In 2013 he won the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and he won the Royal Society Winton Prize.

Orkan Telhan [Technology]
Orkan holds a degree from MIT Media Lab and currently is an Assistant Professor for Emerging Design Practices at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As interdisciplinary researcher and technology expert, Orkan advises the project in identifying historical roots of the technologies and the ideologies shaping the evolution of things.

Onur Akmehmet [Economy]
Onur has worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University and as a lecturer in the department of Economics at Tufts University. Onur guides the core research team regarding the potential role of developed technologies as what is of “value” is vastly redefined in the world economy.

Susanne Frantal [Textile Restoration/Embroidery]
Mag. art. Susanne Frantal currently gives lectures on hand embroidery at the Department of Art Sciences and Art Education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she formerly studied. Based on the knowledge she gained as a textile conservator, being graduated from the HBLA for Fashion and Clothing, she uses historic embroidery techniques to create textile arts. Frantal also studied textile chemistry at the HTBLVA for Textile Industry, which provides her with the necessary knowledge about textile media and allows her to explore possibilities of using new and historic textile materials and transforming them into new forms of art.

Sophie Fürnkranz [Textile Restoration/Metal Threads, Metal Embroidery]


Benjamin Weil is the current artistic director of Botín Centre in Santander, Spain. Formerly, he held the positions of Chief Curator of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial in Gijón, Artistic Director at H BOX, a program of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Director of the Media Art Department at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), and Chief Curator at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in NY.

Hideaki Ogawa is head of the multidisciplinary artist group “h.o.” and works at the Ars Electronica Futurelab on intentional projects, art works and innovative research, as artist, curator and researcher, besides teaching at the University for Art and Design Linz.

Ekmel Ertan works as artist, curator and educator. He is the founder and artistic director of Istanbul based amberPlatform (by BIS, Beden-İşlemsel Sanatlar Derneği / Body-Process Arts Association), a research and production platform on art and new technologies. Ertan is also the curator of the international “amber Art and Technology Festival” since 2007.