MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY NEWS
CONFERENCE ::: TEST_LAB: FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY*
*The term Fashionable Technology is coined by Sabine Seymour.
May 20, 2009, 8pm
V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Test_Lab is a bi-monthly public event organized by V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media that provides an informal setting for the presentation, demonstration, testing, and discussion of artistic Research and Development (aRt&D). Featuring: Sabine Seymour (AT/US), Mark Coeckelbergh (NL), Aram Bartholl (DE), Cutecircuit: Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz (UK), and KOBAKANT: Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (JP/AT). Clothing is an aspect of the human physical appearance with considerable social significance. Styles, logos and prints mediate our self-expression and publicly communicate our personal tastes and preferences. Popular ways of doing so reflectwhat is in fashion, which is under constant change due to new developments in fabrics, construction methods,ancillary objects, and their (re-)combination by fashion designers. Recent advances in wearable technology have resulted in a variety of technologies that seamlessly connect to the human body, or are integrated into clothing (such as shape memory alloys, soft circuits, and embedded displays). As a result, more and more fashion designers are turning to the field of wearable technology fornew developments. While these progressive fashion designers are currently setting the trend in fashionable technology with,what can broadly be considered, innocent implementations (such as embedded iPods, integrated LEDs, and adaptive contours), many artists and designers prophesize more provocative scenarios for the future of such technology. These artists foresee that this trend will eventually have an unprecedented social impact, due to the wide-ranging possibilities for self-expression, connectivity, and public communication of innovative fashionable technologies. The scenarios for fashionable technology sketched by these artists provoke philosophical discussionas to the social impact that such developments may have.
This edition of Test_Lab is organized in collaboration with Rotterdam's acclaimed philosophy cafe Arminius Denkcafe.
This event will be streamed live at http://live.v2.nl
EXHIBITION ::: WEARABLE EXPRESSIONS
April 17 - May 30, 2009
Greylock Arts, Adams, MA, USA
A group exhibition of wearable art, accessories, and technology apparel exploring fashion as a means for individuals to dynamically express themselves. In this exhibition of wearable art, accessories, and technology apparel, we explore fashion as a means for individuals to dynamically express themselves. From Lynda Meyer’s collection of 19th century hoops and bustles to Alexander Reeder’s “Butterfly Dress” which engages those close without words by displaying the heartbeat of the wearer, “Wearable Expressions” is both historical and contemporary in its scope and examines the impact of material and technology in wearable design.
EXHIBITION ::: TOKYOFIBER 09 SENSEWARE
April 22 - 27, 2009
Talent meets technology at the second Tokyo Fiber exhibition since 2007. Senseware, a title that refers to materials that inspire creativity, features the stunning possibilities of Japanese artificial fiber technology. A mix of architects, designers, manufactures and artists make use of new fibers in inventive and unexpected ways, giving us all a glimpse into what the future of fiber holds. (Text by by Kori Schulman, www.CoolHunting.com)
CONFERENCE ::: ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAICS 2009
April 27 - 29, 2009
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Now in its third year, Organic Photovoltaics 2009 is the industry’s only conference dedicated exclusively to the applications, technological developments and markets for organic photovoltaics (OPV). Attendees will meet and network with important players, key innovators and decision makers from the technical and business sides of the PV, OPV and organic and printed electronics industries.
WORKSHOP CALL FOR PARTICIPATION ::: DIY WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
DEADLINE: May 3, 2009
May 16-17, 2009, 10am - 6pm
V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
I am very pleased to announce that my former student Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (aka KOBAKANT) will give a two-day workshop on DIY wearable technology. V2_Lab will organize a wearable technology workshop with an emphasis on DIY techniques and performing arts. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with hands-on experience on DIY wearable technology. The outcome of the workshop will be workingprototypes, which will be demonstrated by means of a short performance during Test_Lab.The participants will partake inhands-on sessions that involve both conceptual as well astechnical development. Developers from both V2_Lab and KOBAKANT are available for assistance throughout the workshop. The workshop is open to students and professionals in the fields of art, design, and engineering. Although anyone with an interest in wearable technology and basic knowledge of electronics or of sewing is welcome to join, we especially encourage people with an expertise in fashion design, technology in performance arts, and/or wearable technology engineering to sign up. Participants are invited to demonstrate the workshop outcome during Test_Lab: Fashionable Technology on May 20. The number of participants to the workshop is limited. The fee for participation is €50,- (to be paid before the workshop).
For more information about the workshop, please contact Piem Wirtz, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCE ::: NANOMATERIALS
June 16 - 18, 2009
In order to offer the breadth of information and at the level of detail required for Europe’s leading event on nanomaterials, the conference begin on the 16 June with an afternoon forum on Proactive Nanotechnology Risk Management. The next two days will be structured into two plenary's and five parallel sessions: Printed Electronics, Nanocomposites, Nanobiotech & Consumer Products, Coatings, Inks & Pigments, Clean Technology. Remaining loyal to its conceptual origins, NanoMaterials09 will focus on the commercialisation of nanomaterials, rather than theoretical benefits. This is what sets it apart from other events and was the key to our success last year – practical solutions for practical challenges.
WORKSHOP ::: MME'09 - MEASURING MOBILE EMOTIONS: MEASURING THE IMPOSSIBLE?
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: May 4, 2009
September 15, 2009
Emotions are a key element in the analysis of user experience. Observational analysis, interviews and questionnaires can be supported by various physiological measurement methods (e.g. GSR or EMG) to investigate such emotions. This workshop addresses approaches to mobile emotion measurement. The workshop addresses particularly the state-of-the–art in the emotion research and investigates the possibilities to apply and adopt these methods in the field of mobile HCI and user experience research. We will select participants with diverse backgrounds based upon the relevance, insightfulness, and originality of their submissions. Particularly important is the challenge of portability of the available solutions and their applicability in the field.
CONFERENCE ::: 2nd INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FLEXIBLE ORGANIC ELECTRONICS
July 8 - 10, 2009
Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece
The field of Flexible Organic Electronics is one of the most rapidly growing sector of the modern science and technology. Today, many resources and investments from government agencies, research institutes and local industries are devoted to the developments of materials, processes, instrumentation, equipment for flexible organic electronics. The IS-FOE is the Premier Scientific & Research Event in Organic Electronics devoted to gather scientists, engineers and industrials from all around the world and to exchange information and provide access to the latest developments of several topics covering organic electronic printable materials, device structures, system integrations, manufacturing processes, characterization and monitoring, product applications and business opportunities.
EXHIBITION ::: SMART TEXTILE SALON
DEADLINE FOR CALL: May 15, 2009
September 25, 2009
The programme is organised together with 80th Anniversary of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University (http://www.textileconferences.be) and 6th International Conference on Textile and Polymer Biotechnology (http://www.intb.org). The exhibition introduces the latest demonstrator and prototype developments in the field of smart textiles and intelligent wearable systems. The displayed items will be explained and demonstrated by the developers. Tool Time gives you the opportunity to create your own smart textile. Two workshops will be offered: elucidating textiles, temperature changing textiles. The award ceremony will be held to honor a student for outstanding work with the SysTex award. The work will be shown in the exhibition area.
CONFERENCE ::: TEXTURES
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: August 16, 2009
June 15 - 20, 2010
The SLSA-EU 2010 conference is dedicated to exploring fabrics, structures, surfaces, and interfaces in a world that has been transformed to a large extent through technoscience and networked media. This transformed world is highly textured, partly through verbal and non-verbal 'texts' but also by mixtures of human-made and given environments whose complexity offers resistance to symbolic readings. Through the term, 'textures,' we aim to bring together transitional figures of thought in many fields.
WORKSHOP ::: WEARABLE ART AND INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE
May 25 - June 5, 2009
Tempe, Arizona, USA
Herberger College Dance and the School of Art at Arizona State University are offering a two-week workshop on Wearable Art and Interactive Performance. In response to initiatives to create a fully occupied operational base on the moon by 2024, the theme for this year's workshop is: Lunar Outpost. 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 environment, and a profound sense of loneliness. 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 add color to our environments in a new manner.
Workshop leaders from Herberger College Dance and the School of Art include:
John D. Mitchell, mediated performance designer,
Galina Mihaleva costume and fashion designer,
Hilary Harp, media artist and sculptor,
joined by a special guest, Keiko Courdy, French artist and director of KI transdisciplinary performance structure.
CALL ::: TRANSMEDIALE AWARD 2010
DEADLINE: July 31, 2009
As leading international festivals for art and digital culture as well as adventurous music and related visual arts, respectively, transmedialeand CTM (club transmediale) are inviting submissions to the transmediale Award Competition 2010 and the Vilem Flusser Theory Award 2010. Invited are art works, projects and positions that respond to the challenges of our rapidly changing digital, technological and networked cultures. The transmediale Award seeks innovative, experimental and visionary works across a wide scope of form, process and practice that embrace, question and enrich our understanding and relationship to our immersed media and technologically driven society. Entries that exemplify new and critical forms of digital expression and interaction are encouraged, as are works from countries and regions in which digital art and culture are emergent. Submissions of art works for both festivals participate in the transmediale Award 2010 while theoretical abstracts, papers and research oriented positions are invited for the Vilem Flusser Theory Award, with prizes totaling 10.000 EURO.