MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY REPORT
Visionary Insights on Epidermis & Technology
by Sabine Seymour
The vast amount of interesting events, calls, challenges, publications, lectures, ... all in or around the field of Fashionable Technology left me gasping for air and some time to put it all together. But I finally made it!
MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY NEWS ::: FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY
The book Fashionable Technology, The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology by Sabine Seymour is available again. We are surprised by its success. It was released by SpringerWienNewYork in May 2008 and is already in its 2nd print.
MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY NEWS ::: THE Z COUTURE: TECH & FASHION PANEL CONTEST BY FUJIFILM
New York, USA
November 20, 2008, 6pm - 8pm
The third event in the Z Spot series will take place at Arena in New York City and follow a fashion and design theme. The evening will kick off with a panel discussion on the relationship between fashion, style, design and technology. The panel will be moderated by a celebrity stylist, Phillip Bloch and feature five panelists from the top of their fields including Parson’s Professor: Sabine Seymour, ID Magazine editor: Jill Singer, AOL Technology blogger: Thomas Samiljan and House of Diehl creator: MJ Diehl. Following the panel guests will be treated to a live fashion event produced by the House of Diehl where students from NY’s top fashion and design schools will be competing in a live “Style Wars Battle” where they create couture designs on live models using photographs inspired by the different colors of Fujifilm's FinePix Z20fd. A group of celebrity judges will provide commentary on the live fashion and chose the winner.
MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY NEWS ::: PRESS
Some recent press:
Wearing Tech: Where Fashion Meets Technology in CIO
Fashionable Technology in Create Use of Space, An Urban Initiative by Mini
LECTURE ::: BIO PLAY
October 28, 2008 7 - 8:30pm
Material Beliefs blur the boundaries between material culture and bioengineering research, designing speculative products that embody emerging technologies.
How can playfulness expand horizons in bioengineering? What happens when we open up laboratories to the whim of undefined ends, exploration and wonder? By expanding current laboratory research through speculative designs, Material Beliefs aim to create prototypes that redraw the intersection between science, engineering and design and lead to new realms of thought. 'Bonsai Cells' explores how the shape, network and colour of stem cells contribute to their efficiency in regeneration and distinguish them from diseased cells. What are the benefits and dangers of designers engaging with medical science? Explore your own reaction to a future of control and manipulation of cell patterns and shapes. Share a room with the 'Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots' and their creators. These robots are devices for utility, drama and entertainment, existing in a similar way to an exotic pet such as a snake or a lizard. How should we react to robots that prey on living creatures and is there an appropriate response to a contrived life-and-death scenario? How should we regard the distinction between function and spectacle? Discuss these intriguing projects and question the novel collaborations that conceived them.
Speakers: Bonsai Cells: Susana Soares, Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Julie Daniels and Anna Harris, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots: James Auger, Jimmy Loizeau and Aleksandar Zivanovic, Goldsmiths, University of London, Facilitator: Laura Sillars, Head of Programmes, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
LECTURE SERIES ::: FEMINISTISCHE KLEIDERCODES UND WAS HABEN ACHSELHAARE DAMIT ZU TUN? (German)
Institut für das künstlerische Lehramt
Akademie der Bildenden Künste
Karl-Schweighofergasse 3, Raum 1.06, 1.OG
Lecturers: Wally Sallner (fabrics interseason), Lisbeth Freiss
Part 1: October 29, 2008, 10:30am - 12noon
Part 2: November 5, 2008, 10:30am - 12non
CALL FOR PROPOSALS ::: 80+1
A Trip around the World: ARS ELECTRONICA
DEADLINE: October 31, 2008
Join Ars Electronica, voestalpine and Linz09 on an expedition around the world and into our future. From June 18 to September 6, 2009. In 1872, author Jules Verne dispatched Phileas Fogg, a gentleman who liked nothing more than an interesting wager, on a trip Around the World in 80 Days. In 2009, Ars Electronica, voestalpine and Linz09 will be sending the City of Linz on such a journey. This wont entail any physical travel though. The mode of conveyance will be the fiber optic cables and satellite hookups of our globalized Information Society. 80+1 will be visiting 20 locations across the face of this planet at which our future is being invented and mastered or thwarted and destroyed. Each of these places is linked to a particular theme. Migration, climate change, energy, resources ...
Join us on this journey into the future! Send us your idea for a tele-operating project.
EVENT ::: POST ME_NEW ID FORUM
October 31 - November 2, 2008
Forum is a part of the Post Me_New ID project which examines the complexity of 21st century European identity through an exploration based on the effect of digital technologies of the body and identity. An active and public Blog is fed by a series of debate led Research Engines with a Forum, Book and DVD as the end products. In addition a series of Creation Processes will result in a public Installation / Performance.
BOOK RELEASE PARTY ::: SWITCH CRAFT
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street @ Foyer
November 8, 2008 @ 7pm
RSVP by October 24th
Communication Design + Technology Department and Parsons The New School for Design Invite you to celebrate the release of Switch Craft, the ground-breaking DIY book by Alison Lewis that demonstrates to women everywhere that blending craft and fashion with technology is not scary… but in fact a simple transition to new beautiful, usable, provocative and fashionable expressions for their homes and wardrobes.
EXHIBITION ::: CODED CLOTH
an exhibition of 'interactive' textiles
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia
October 30 - December 19, 2008
An exhibition of 'interactive' textiles, clothing works and furniture which employ media art practices to create new and innovative textiles for the future.Drawn from ANAT's '2007 Wearable Computing Master Class' – the first such event of its kind in Australia – this unusual and surprising new genre of media arts practice encompasses anything wearable and technologically integrated. Curated by Dr Melinda Rackham, Executive Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology.
CONFERENCE ::: HUMAN FUTURES, ART IN THE AGE OF UNCERTAINTY
October 30, 2008
In recent years, the long-term future of humanity has become of particular concern to various governance bodies and scholarly institutions. This is due to the many biological transgressions that have begun to occur through emerging technologies, such as genetic modification, cloning, stem cell research and much more. These transgressions call into question the foundations of social order, thus creating a complex, multifaceted imperative for humanity as a whole to foresee. (by Andy Miah)
WORKSHOP ::: FUZZY LOGIC: INTRO TO SOFT CIRCUITS
by Kate Hartman
New York, USA
November 1 & 2, 2008 12:00 - 4:30pm
Have you ever snuggled with a circuit? This workshop will provide an introduction to materials and construction techniques for creating soft and flexible circuits. Topics will include conductive fabric and thread, soft switches, iron-on circuits, sewing notions as electrical connectors, sewable LEDs, and the Arduino Lilypad. In addition, introductory electronics and sewing techniques will be reviewed. With basic soft circuit techniques in hand, students will have the opportunity to design and implement a final soft circuit on a garment of their choice.
Cost: $350 including Lilypad, electronics and soft stuff
WORKSHOP, CALL FOR PARTICIPATION ::: DIY FOR CHI
Methods, Communities, and Values of Reuse and Customization, Workshop at the 2009 ACM Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference
DEADLINE: November 7, 2008
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
April 5, 2009, all day
What do glitter and glue, needles and thread, batteries and wires have to do with CHI? What do makers and crafters have to teach us about the world, ourselves, and technology? Where can CHI researchers engage with the rise of professional amateur Do-It-Yourself (DIY) practitioners? This workshop provides an active playspace for these communities to come together in making, building, and hacking technologies and ideas. DIY encompasses a range of design activities that have become increasingly prominent in online discussion forums and blogs, in addition to a small-but-growing presence in professional/research forums such as CHI. Come prepared to disassemble, smash, break, cut, glue, sew, solder, re-assemble, and get dirty as we create our DIY future. The workshop will be focusing on DIY communities, DIY methods, and DIY values and goals through a series of hands-on and participatory DIY exercises and explorations. Organizers: Leah Buechley - MIT Media Lab, Eric Paulos - HCI Institute Carnegie Mellon University, Daniela Rosner - School of Information, UC Berkeley, Amanda Williams - School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
CHALLENGE ::: BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE
DEADLINE: November 7, 2008
Buckminster Fuller's prolific life of exploration, discovery, invention and teaching was driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.” Winning the Buckminster Fuller Challenge will require more than a great stand-alone innovation. If for example, your solution emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, technology, or any combination, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy dealing with key social, economic, environmental, and cultural issues. Entries must present a bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. They should be regionally specific yet globally applicable, and backed up by a solid plan and the capability to move the solution forward.
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge prize conferring ceremony plus four days of Fuller-inspired events will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, IL June 13-16th 2009. The winner of the 2009 Buckminster Fuller Challenge will receive the $100,000 cash prize and the stunningOmniOculi sculpture at a conferring ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The conferring ceremony will coincide with the seminal retrospective exhibition Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe presented at the MCA from March 14th to June 21st, 2009. In addition to the conferring ceremony at the MCA, the Buckminster Fuller Institute is organizing events throughout the week from panel discussions, to design workshops, to networking and social events.
CALL FOR ... ::: ISEA 2009
DEADLINE: November 17, 2008
This is the 2nd call for Artworks and Art Projects, Papers, Exhibitions, curated shows, Workshops, Open Spaces and more - accross eight sub-themes:
Citizenship and contested spaces
Interactive storytelling and memory building in post-conflict society
Posthumanism: New technologies and creative strategies
Positionings: local and global transactions
Transformative creativity - participatory practices
Entertainment and Mobility
BOOK ::: TECHNONATUREN, DESIGN & STYLES (German)
Elke Gaugele, Petra Eisele
Schriften der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Leben als Technologie zu begreifen ist zentral für das Design des 21. Jahrhunderts. Immer deutlicher manifestiert sich ein neues organisches Design, in dem sich Grenzverläufe zwischen Natur und Technik, zwischen Lebendigem und Künstlichem aufheben. TechnoNaturen untersucht die Rolle des Ästhetischen in diesem Prozess. Die gestalterischen sowie design- und kulturtheoretischen Beiträge reflektieren, in welchen biopolitischen Konstellationen sich heute die Kategorien Natur, Leben, Design, Kunst und Technik neu verbinden. Technologien erzeugen neue Biomaterialitäten und setzen bei den Nanostrukturen des Körpers und der Dinge an, Life-Sciences und digitale Technologien gestalten Leben von Innen heraus. "New Media Objects" verschränken Analoges und Digitales. Welche Reflexionen finden sich dazu im Mode-, Produkt-, Body- und Environment-Design, welche in zeitgenössischen künstlerischen Statements? Besonderes Interesse gilt den subjektiven Aneignungen dieser neuen Technologien und alltagskulturellen Umdeutungen in neuen Styles. TechnoNaturen stellt aktuelle Positionen aus Design, Alltag und Kunst zur Diskussion.
APPLICATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM ::: ELECTRONIC-TEXT+TEXTILES
DEADLINE: November 17, 2008
The electronic-text+textiles Project (e-t+t Project) invites applications for its Residency in Riga, Latvia, for the year 2009. The Residency welcomes artists, designers, writers, and theoreticians working within or across of the fields of literature and the arts, in particular textiles related. The e-t+t Project encourages Residents, through a mix of conceptual investigations and material productions, to join in a decades-long project among writers and artists involved in the Alt-X (www.altx.com) and ebr (www.electronicbookreview.com) network. This group has been working consistently, not just to replace one technology with another in literary and arts practices, but to give direction and cultural context to technological change and the electronic disturbance.