International Summer School 2010, KHM Cologne in cooperation with FU Freie Universität Berlin
ART & RESEARCH & SCIENCE STUDIES IN BIOLOGICAL LABORATORIES
July, 18 - 23, 2010
Biological laboratories as sites of artistic and epistemic practice have enabled research that informs humanities, arts, and sciences. During the last decades various laboratory studies have established descriptive modes and methods of investigation. For instance, Hans-Jörg Rheinbergers concept of 'epistemic objects', the notion of Bruno Latour on objects as agents and 'science in action' as well as Karin Knorr Cetinas investigations on the reconfigurations of relations to the world within laboratories. Furthermore, artists have explored the hidden agendas and practices of biological laboratories in various projects, such as Hannes Rickli's long term study "Überschuss. Videogramme des Experimentierens" or the work at SymbioticA-Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts.
The summer school brings together artists and researchers who work in the context of biological laboratories. Besides methodological and theoretical discussions we want to stimulate the exchange between research in arts and humanities. We would also like to mediate experience of laboratory work by practical exercises, e.g. in the KHM Laboratory for Experimental Computer Science (lab III). Therefore, the program includes project presentations by the participants, BioArt and laboratory workshops in addition to plenary and public lectures. MA- and PhD Students of Philosophy, STS, Art, and Humanities can apply until 2010, March 15th. Costs for travel expenses to and accommodation in Cologne will be covered.
Please send a project description (2-3 pages) and CV (1 page + list of exhibitions if applicable) to Prof. Dr. Peter Bexte, e-mail:email@example.com. Offer of acceptance by 2010 April, 1st
CALL FOR FASHION DESIGNERS ::: INTIMACY LOTUS & INTIMACY BLACK
DEADLINE: April 15, 2010
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Artist Daan Roosegaarde and V2_Lab are looking for two fashion designers (M/F) to contribute to the 'Intimacy' series. 'Intimacy White' (2009), the first dress in the series, is made out of smart foil that becomes transparent when electrified. The distance of a spectator to the dress determines the level of transparency. This first dress received a lot of media attention and is considered highly successful. V2_Lab and Daan Roosegaarde now intend to make a series of 'Intimacy' dresses, each playing with a different material to create a sensual play of shared control.
V2_Lab and Daan Roosegaarde are looking for:
• Recently graduated or senior year fashion designers (M/F);
• He or she must be able to participate in thought process along the lines set out by V2_Lab and Studio Roosegaarde in the preliminary stages and therefore must be a good team player;
• He or she must be ambitious and determined to achieve our request for success;
• The project starts on 1 May 2010. It is a full-time position for a period of 8 weeks.
What we offer:
• Access to functioning new technology, an existing prototype and an artist' Impression of the intended final product;
• A workplace at V2_Lab;
• The opportunity to collaborate with an experienced, interdisciplinary team;
• Technical support and backup;
• Exhibition of the end result;
• Name credit.
Please send your resume/portfolio and motivation before 15 April, preferably by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org
V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Attn. Piem Wirtz
3012 XL Rotterdam
Eligible designers will be invited for an interview end of April.
SYMPOSIUM ::: GREEN DESIGN
Symposium for Sustainable Design Strategies
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
April 7 - 8, 2010, 10 am – 5 pm
The newly established Laboratory for Sustainable Design Strategies - GREENLAB initiative across all design departments at the Art College Weissensee Berlin aims to support, inspire and create innovative approaches to the development of sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethical products, services and systems. It connects higher education, practice-led design research and the industry. The two-day symposium will highlight the various strategies, concepts and practices regarding sustainability issues from the perspective international researchers, technologists, designers and practitioners working in the area of ecological design. The focus will be held on the practical developments, innovative concepts and economic potential of sustainable and ecologically sound production, the role of design and the designer within this context as well as the impact of these practices on our everyday lives. (the program is in the attachment). The languages of the symposium will be German and English.
The two-day symposium with international speakers from different disciplines is open to public. The participation costs for the symposium are:
General public - 40 Euro, Students - 20 Euro
If you would like to participate at this symposium please make a money transfer to:
Account No. 581515100
BLZ 100 100 10
Purpose: Kap.1200 T GREENLAB 11,122 + your full name
No tickets will be issued, but your name will be put on the guest list.
In the transfer order you need to the mention your full name in the purpose field and please send a short notification e-mail that the money transfer has been completed to: mode@khb-weißensee.de. If the money is transferred in less than 4 working days before the event, please bring with you the proof of your payment to the symposium as an "entrance ticket".
CONFERENCE ::: UPA 2010
May 24 - 28, 2010
The Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) is pleased to announce the UPA 2010 International Conference, "Embracing Cultural Diversity - User Experience Design for the World ”. Our key theme will focus on how UX professionals can create great user experiences across different cultures, meeting the challenges of delivering to diverse audiences. One of the great strengths of the UPA conference is that it brings together a network of practitioners from around the world. This international conference will provide more networking and social interaction than ever before, putting you in touch with inspiring people and new ideas.
CONFERENCE ::: ADVANCED TEXTILES
June 16 & 17, 2010
Advanced Textiles ’10 gives voice to the new spirit and game-changing technologies in the textile industry. Our mission is to inspire you, and we’re bringing the network and knowledge together for you which showcases future-looking experts in the field of technical textiles. There will be a selection of 25 exciting lectures by some of the most prestigious speakers from Europe and the U.S. They’ll cover a fascinating array of new applications in technical textiles industry, with cross-sectoral thinking that will shape the value chains of tomorrow. Conference sessions will discuss the interdisciplinary and cross-section blending of technical textiles in the following industries:
• Natural fibers and fiber composites
• Products and technologies for medical applications
• Performance textiles in sports, wellness and healthcare
• Membranes and fabric structures in architecture
• Safety and protective textiles
• Technology solutions and material aspects
EXHIBITION ::: MULTIPLEX TRANSNATURAL
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(the exhibition is sadly over but the website lists the wonderful projects exhibited)
Technology was the means by which we separated ourselves from nature, and escaped its limitations. In the 21st century we move beyond the animosity between nature and technology. In a lot of areas we see new fruitful collaborations and new kinds of unity: in our dealings with the environment en with energy, but also in arts, architecture, fashion and games.
What will this transnatural world look like? Is this a next evolutionary step, or merely a changed perception of ourselves?
Multiplex Transnatural is the first of two exhibitions with symposia. Transnatural will show to young and old the most interesting attempts from art, design, and science to fuse technology with nature. A glimpse of a new and rich world with transnatural architecture, installations, games and more.
CONFERECE ::: MOBILE HCI 2010, A MOBILE WORLD FOR ALL
September 7-10, 2010
Doctoral Consortium Day, Workshops and Tutorials on September 7th, 2010.
MobileHCI 2010 is organised by the University of Lisboa, with the collaboration of the New University of Lisboa and the research centres LaSIGE and CITI, and in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI and ACM SIGMOBILE. MobileHCI is the leading conference in the field of Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. The MobileHCI series provides a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss the challenges and potential solutions for effective interaction with mobile systems and services. It covers the design, evaluation and application of techniques and approaches for mobile and wearable computing devices and services.