Iris Seuren – Purity of Silk
Fontys Hogeschool van de Kunsten, Tilburg
Silkworms create a blouse by weaving their threads across a special frame, in blissful ignorance of the problems facing the clothing industry. The domesticated silkworms, living their lives in an artificial environment, rely on human care. Mankind on the other hand, is totally dependent on the worms to produce valuable silk. Here, people are literally responsible for their own garments, sharing the responsibility of creating a natural material like silk with the tiny organisms producing it. Purity of Silk teaches us to re-evaluate natural materials, the clothing industry and technological improvements, which can sometimes be found in bio-hacking.