WOOD WIDE WEB

Mossy, mouldy, earthy – all these adjectives give you a very rough outline of the garments the Copenhagen-based Solitude Studios craft and sometimes even grow and ferment. Their A/W23 collection, Wood Wide Web, hints at the recently popularised notion of “mycorrhizal internet”, the sprawling matrix of mycelium that connects fungi and various members of the plant kingdom, ferrying nutrients and other kinds of “information”.

TEXT ACCOMPANYING THE COLLECTION, WRITTEN BY SOLITUDE STUDIOS / 

Wood Wide Web focuses on the relationship of humankind with current technology, which represents the Status Quo, and upon our way of understanding the world retroactively on the basis of new technology. In this collection, we are working with the parallel between the human network of communication, the Internet, and the fungi communicative network, the Wood Wide Web: Mycorrhiza.

There is an unwarranted notion of worldwide pessimism at the moment, and the rhetoric has it that we have ruined everything with what we have built as humankind so far. However, none of this understanding of nature that we have could ever be possible, had we not consumed and built all these things. 

The eternal circulation of material is the soul of the world and in our eyes, the internet depicts such a soul. With the internet, we have created something that we have yet to understand. And we cannot imagine the consequences nor the possibilities of such an entity. In our opinion, we have yet to see both the worst and the best of such a power. One thing is for sure, we will only understand it in hindsight.

“The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of dusk.”

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Solitude Studios is a vast idea, unbound by systematic structure, expelled by energy and striving for balance. A Copenhagen-based studio centring around garments as its primary media. They are intrigued by the way humans interact with nature – and how nature responds. The studio draws inspiration from philosophical conversations, both for worldbuilding but also for specific visual references. Always curious about its surroundings, the studios’ craft is an everchanging process implementing local materials, dyes and talents, creating off the land.

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Artist / Solitude Studios @solitude.studios 

Interview / Kateřina Hynková

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