Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Call for participation / electro-active polymers

Do you want to find out more about smart materials? Aurélie proposes you an immersion in the world of electro-active polymers: plastics changing shape with electricity. As a part of her PhD exploring the boundaries between textiles and architecture, she is looking for benevolent(s) to assist her for the making of a responsive installation. The installation will consist in a ceiling surface made out of electro-active modules, changing shape according to wind intensity and direction. It will be displayed within the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen this coming month of March. Exhibition opens on the 11th of March and will be on until end of April.

Beyond the joys of team work, this is a great opportunity to discover the research environment CITA (Centre for IT & Architecture) as well as to get hands on and learn how to build electro-active modules. You will also get an insight on digital crafting methods, including laser-cutting and screen-printing techniques.

She would be happy to have help during these two key phases:

  • 21rst of February – 6th of March: making of electro-active polymers
  • 7th - 10th of March: setting up of the installation

If you are interested, please get in touch directly with Aurélie asp:


+45 50 36 62 38


  1. Your post really helpful for my Electroactive Polymers Market Research and Development.

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    It is common in textiles to take inspiration from animal skin, which is an aesthetic approach to biomimicry. The layering of scales on a shirt to emulate a snake's skin is a perfect example.

    Another example found interesting was how Green Shield a fabric finish was inspired by the nano-textured and self-cleaning lotus leaf. Green Shield is a fabric finish that repels: oil, water, and stains. The big plus with the move to Green Shield is it is better for the environment.