BOOK ::: FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY
Fashionable Technology, The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology is now available as PAPERBACK! The interplay of electronic textiles and wearable technology, wearables for short, and fashion, design and science is a highly promising and topical subject. Offered here is a compact survey of the theory involved and an explanation of the role technology plays in a fabric or article of clothing. The practical application is explained in detail and numerous illustrations serve as clarification. Over 50 well-known designers, research institutes, companies and artists, among them Philips, Burton, MIT Media Lab, XS Labs, New York University, Hussein Chalayan, Cute Circuit or International Fashion Machines are introduced by means of their latest, often still unpublished, project, and a survey of their work to date. Given for the first time is a list of all the relevant information on research institutes, materials, publications etc. A must for all those wishing to know everything about fashionable technology.
LECTURE ::: INNOVATION EMBEDDED IN THE FABRIC
February 19, 2009
Plug.in, Basel, Switzerland
After the lecture by Moritz Waldemeyer (mechatronic engineer based in London who collaborated with Hussein Chalayan) the series continues with a lecture by Martin Leuthold, Art Director at Jakob Schlaepfer. Many international top designers buy luxurious cloth for their evening gowns in St. Gallen at Jakob Schlaepfers. Leuthold will bring a selection of these fabrics and will talk about the entangelment of craft and technology, and specifically about the appearing and vanishing of electronic technologies in his collections.
CONFERENCE ::: SMART FABRICS 2009
March 10 - 12, 2009
Analysing technology and design innovations and examine business trends of the smart fabrics industry. The competitive advantage of the future will be the development of technologically advanced products offering consumers extensive functionality. Smart fabrics are holding a significant position in this area with estimated compound annual growth rate of 32% for the period of upcoming two years. In order to expand your knowledge and learn about the opportunities ahead, IntertechPira will bring you the 5th annual Smart Fabrics conference. This well-established two day event will expand its focus in this year and analyse business, design and science aspects of the smart textiles field. Leading experts of the industry will deliver fundamental presentations appealing to all players throughout the supply chain.
KONFERENZ ::: INTELLIGENTE VERBINDUNGEN (in German)
March 12 - 14, 2009
Das netzwerk-mode-textil e.V. organisiert in Kooperation mit der Hochschule Niederrhein, Fachbereiche für Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik eine interdisziplinäre Konferenz, die die Interdependenzen zwischen neuen Technologien und der Gestaltung von Textilien und Mode in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart untersuchen will.
EXHIBITION ::: HUSSEIN CHALAYAN
January 22 - May 17, 2009
Design Museum, London, UK
Leading the forefront of contemporary fashion design, the twice named 'British Designer of the Year,' Hussein Chalayan, is renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitudes to new technology. This exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of Hussein Chalayan’s work in the UK. Spanning fifteen years of experimental projects, the exhibition explores Hussein Chalayan's creative approach, his inspirations and the many themes which influence his work such as cultural identity, displacement and migration. Exhibits include ‘Afterwords’ which explores the notion of ‘wearable, portable architecture’ in which furniture literally transforms itself into garments; ‘Airborne’ - bringing the latest LED technology to fashion design with a spectacular dress consisting of Swarovski crystals and over 15,000 flickering LED lights; ‘Before Minus Now’ a dress made of materials used in aircraft construction which changes shape by remote control and ‘Readings’ a dress comprising of over 200 moving lasers presenting an extraordinary spectacle of light.
SYMPOSIUM ::: SUPER HUMAN REVOLUTION
DEADLINE for Call for Abstracts: March 30, 2009
Super Human Revolution of the Species is an international event comprising a symposium, exhibition, masterclass and public talk investigating collaborative art and science practices and their relationship with the human body. Symposium abstracts are invited from either individual or team-based researchers, artists and scientists. Submitted abstracts will undergo a double-blind referee process, with successful applicants invited to submit their paper prior to final acceptance. Taking place in Melbourne on 22 - 25 November 2009, the Super Human symposium will present an invigorating and inspiring mix of keynote speakers and collaborative research projects engaging with one or more of the symposium themes: Augmentation, Cognition and Nanoscale Interventions.
CONFERENCE ::: IFAI Advanced Textiles 2009
April 2 - 3, 2009
Hotel BLOOM, Brussels, Belgium
AT '09 will provide decision makers in the complex value chain of technical textiles with valuable business intelligence and face-to-face connections. This event is a unique opportunity to meet on a professional platform, gaining useful insights from user-oriented management levels, the latest studies of new technology, challenges and applications.
AT '09 is your platform because it's specifically geared to company representatives whose core business is technical textiles.You'll see the examples of interesting applications in a variety of growth areas in technical textiles —
* Smart textiles – challenges + bottlenecks + panel discussion
* Medical applications of technical textiles
* Textile membranes and architecture
* Transportation, logistics, automotive
* Technology solutions and textile surfaces
WORKSHOP ::: LUNAR OUTPOST
The theme for this year’s workshop is: Lunar Outpost – a response to initiatives to create a fully occupied operational base on the moon by 2024. As artists how do we respond to extreme environments that are so unlike our home environment? At the Lunar Outpost people will experience micro gravity, a different atmospheric propagation of sound, an essentially black and white external environment, and a profound sense of loneliness. In this workshop participants will explore emergent electronic technologies for performance and installation framed by the theme Lunar Outpost. Interactive technologies offer the means to extend, manipulate and color our environments in a new manner. We will look at how interactive systems for physical performance and environmental installation could supplement and augment conditions experienced in extreme environments like the moon. Students will work with Arduino microcontrollers and blue-tooth technologies to create networked sensor systems for the control of lights, video projection and sound. Projects will emerge from group discussions and experimentation and can include interactive costumes, props and sets or
responsive environments. Students will learn methods for creating soft, sew-able electronics as well as more traditional circuit building.
The workshop fee is $1100 plus housing. On campus housing is available through Arizona State University at Tempe campus. All workshop participants will receive, a Bluetooth enabled Arduino controller board and sensors suitable for use in wearable settings as part of the workshop fee.