MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY REPORT
Visionary Insights on Epidermis & Technology
by Sabine Seymour
MOONDIAL FASHIONABLE TECHNOLOGY NEWS ::: LECTURE AT DESIGNFORUM VORARLBERG
Sabine Seymour's lecture "Fashionable Technology, Ein Chip zum Anziehen" highlighted the opening of the Designforum Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, Austria on October 23, 2008.
LECTURE ::: LUCY ORTA, BODY ARCHITECTURE
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 6pm
School of Constructed Environments
Glass Corner, 2nd Floor
25 East 14th Street, New York, USA
Trained as a fashion designer but working as an artist since the beginning of the 90’s, Ms. Orta has realized what she called “architectures with soul.” They are objects that respond to a critical and constructive gaze on the most sensitive areas of society, evoking the need for change, poetically prefiguring reality and suggesting alternative life styles. She has produced numerous interventions and actions, putting on stage crucial themes of the contemporary world: community, social exclusion, dwelling, mobility, sustainable development and recycling.
CALL FOR SPEAKERS ::: AVANTEX SYMPOSIUM: FASHION
Applications are open for Fashion curated by Sharon Baurley. Please refer to the Fashionable Technology Report when applying.
June 16 - 17, 2008
The latest developments and trends in new and innovative apparel textiles not only enhance their properties and, in turn, the application areas for the apparel but also facilitate new kinds of apparel. This is associated with an increased demand for information and communication. The Avantex Symposium is not only an opportunity for this but also a chance to engage in cross-sector discussions.
This year, four main themes are planned:
1. Fashion: modern materials and technologies in fashion
2. Material + Technology in apparel: advances in the areas of fibres, textiles, technology and processing
3. Sports + Outdoor: performance and lifestyle
4. Portable technologies / E-textiles: textile-based, portable electronic systems, sensors and controllers
The lectures will be taking place on 16 - 17 June 2009 (afternoons only) at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center.
Anyone wishing to take part as a symposium speaker, is now cordially invited to apply.
EXHIBITION ::: SPECIMEN: RESPRESENTING THE NATURAL WORLD
November 6, 2008 - January 29, 2009
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey, USA
In the 19th century a thirst for information about the natural world was rampant among the general populace, from dedicated scientists to avid amateurs. This exhibition addresses the pervasive influence of ‘natural history’ inspired aesthetics and methodologies on contemporary artists. In this exhibition, contemporary artworks will be displayed alongside historic works, on loan from the Newark Public Library and private collections.
Artists: Catherine Chalmers, Keith Cottingham, Dorothy Cross, Julie Dermansky, Jordan Eagles, Seth Goodwin, Damien Hirst, Mike Libby, Laura McClanahan, Julia Randall, Christopher Russell, Laura Splan, Kimberly Witham, Dustin Yellin
CALL FOR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROPOSALS ::: V2_LAB SOFT TECHNOLOGY
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: December 7, 2008
V2_Lab, the artistic Research & Development (aRt&D) department of V2_ Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has a vacancy for a three-month artist’s residency from January 15 to April 15, 2009.
V2_Lab has an extensive history in the field of wearable technology. In recent years, we have carried out various aRt&D projects in collaboration with various artists and universities. For example, we developed soft, wearable interactive objects with Thecla Schiphorst during Soft(n). We recently took these developments further in the direction of fashion and wearable technology with Di Mainstone’s Sharewear. In these projects, we combine knowledge from various domains to produce surprising or critical artistic statements. V2_ is seeking to further investigate the combination of fashion and technology by means of an experimental residency. The goal of the residency is the research and development part of the residency will focus on the development of flexible, textile-integrated circuit boards and electronic components, manufactured from easily accessible materials. We wish to involve the artist in this research at the earliest possible stage, so that the accumulated knowledge will remain easily transferable. This residency is also geared toward achieving a satisfying end result in the form of a visually attractive working prototype.
To download your application form please follow this link: http://files.v2.nl/portal/Applicationform_AIR.rtf
WORKSHOP ::: WIRELESS WEARABLES
Sunday, December 14, 2008 @ 2 - 6pm
Location: NYCResistor (www.nycresistor.com), Brooklyn, NY, USA
Instructors: Kate Hartman and Rob Faludi
Get ready to explore the delights of mutual connectivity with the soon-to-be released XBee LilyPad! This class will introduce the communication and construction techniques necessary to create wireless wearables. We'll start by learning how to communicate using XBee radios, including digital, analog, input and output modes along with an overview of other useful features. Once we've made contact, we'll translate our circuits onto fabric, learning how to make flexible, durable, and attractive connections between components using conductive textiles and threads. By the end of the class, we'll have our soft circuits conversing wirelessly and you'll be ready to create your own clothing, toy or tapestry that talks!The price of this class includes a $50 materials fee, which covers a LilyPad XBee board, XBee radio, battery pack, conductive fabric & thread, and various sewing supplies. When the class is over, the circuit you've created will be yours to keep!
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: CHI 2009 WORKSHOPS ::: PROGRAMMING REALITY: From Transitive Materials to Organic User Interfaces
Submission is still open. Please refer to the Fashionable Technology Report when applying.
Workshop date: April 4 - 5, 2009
Boston, MA, USA
Over the past few years, a quiet revolution has been redefining our fundamental computing technologies. Flexible E-Ink and OLEDs displays, shape-changing and light-emitting materials, parametric design, e- textiles, sensor networks, and intelligent interfaces promise to spawn entirely new user experiences that will redefine our relation with technology. In one example, future flexible displays will allow us to design devices that are completely flexible, and that can curve around everyday objects or our bodies. These and other developments are opening up unprecedented opportunities for innovation and require us to re-examine and re- evaluate some of the most basic user interface design principles. This workshop invites researchers and practitioners to imagine and debate this future, as well as prototype next-generation interfaces. We will explore two converging themes. Transitive Materials will focus on how emerging materials and computationally-driven behaviors can operate in unison blurring the boundaries between form and function, human body andenvironment, structures and membranes, while supporting the design of computational systems that are intrinsically capable of interactivity and personalization. Organic User Interfaces (OUI) will explore future interactive designs and applications as these materials become commonplace. The OUI vision is based on an understanding that in the future the physical shape of display devices will become non-flat, potentially arbitrary and even fluid or computationally controlled. This allows display devices and entire environments to take on shapes that are 3D, flexible, dynamic, modifiable by users or self-actuated.
Submissions and enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ::: CODED CULTURES - Exploring Creative Emergences
Binational Festival / Austria - Japan 2009
Festival Austria (Vienna): May 27 - 31, 2009
Festival Japan (Yokohama): October 14 - 18, 2009
The team of 5uper.net (www.5uper.net) is happy to announce the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the binational festival »CODED CULTURES - Exploring Creative Emergences«, which is taking place in Austria and Japan in the year 2009 (Austria - Japan Year 2009). The second edition of CODED CULTURES (first edition online at: http://codedcultures.5uper.net) is exploring new artistic practices and creative ability profiles within media integrated project-cultures and digital media related art, focusing on Japan and Europe. The festival »CODED CULTURES – Exploring Creative Emergences« addresses questions regarding the codes of creative cultures and artistic practices, which are based on new transdisciplinary and hybrid developments of culture and art under the conditions of a post-contemporary digital media-age and transformations of related artistic developments. Therefore, the festival creates a surrounding in which new ways of emerging arts, creativity, theories, projects and ideas can be explored in the field of digital media related forms of creative delineation and arts. The particular aim is to present, discuss and criticize topics, which are situated on the intersection of disciplines and activities in order to enforce new potentials of artistic practices and positions. By these means, persons from the field of digital media related art and culture, who derive joy from discovering ways to circumvent limitations are welcome to submit their works, projects, theories and ideas. Regarding this, CODED CULTURES is mainly searching for projects, which shape new vectors of creation and art, situated between: e.g. Science & Art, Technology & Art, Design & Art, Fashion & Art, Economy & Art, a.s.o.
NEWSLETTER ::: LUMINAPOLIS
Luminapolis is the portal of Light for all working with lighting: architects, designers, artists. We publish your lighting-news. Luminapolis prepares the Luminale 2010 - Lighting Culture Biennale.
DISCUSSION ::: NANOART: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) is pleased to announce the November discussion on the Synapse elist which, throughout 2008, is investigating the leading-edge of art and science research collaboration. This month's discussion explores artists' engagement with nanotechnologies. As well as an exploration of artistic projects, the list will investigate some of the pressing issues arising from the proliferation of nanoscale technologies - for example, implications of the inability to control affect at the nano level and the peculiar challenges facing artists working with these technologies, not least the 'invisibility' of their practice both literally and figuratively.
To join the discussion visit:
http://www.synapse.net.au select 'Discuss' and follow the prompts.
CONFERENCE ::: IFAI ADVANCED TEXTILES '09
A European-US Entrepreneur Networking Conference
April 2 - 3, 2009
Attend the second IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference 2009, where market-ready innovations and new technologies in the technical textiles field with be unveiled. This high-level gathering of industry experts and government officials is designed to provide a valuable educational and networking opportunity for participants, creating new business opportunities between U.S. and European companies.
Conference sessions and discussions will focus on key advanced textile application areas such as:
Architecture, Sports apparel, Protective fabrics, Medical textiles
CALL FOR PROPOSALS ::: O'REILLY EMERGING TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
March 9 - 12, 2009
The Fairmont San Jose
San Jose, CA, USA
The spirit of ETech is fueled by honing in on the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now, creating a space for all participants to connect and be inspired. ETech 2009 promises to be another rich and cutting edge event, looking this time at technology is reinventing the way we live. The constrained world has to make do with what's available. Why scrimp and sacrifice for a computer when most people have mobile phones with an SMS server that can do the job just fine? With limited food, water, fuel, medicine, it's the people and their ideas that are often the cheapest part of the equation. Their technology looks to collaboration and connection with fewer resources—almost the opposite of the industrialized world which seeks to make each individual as effective as possible.What technologies cross the divide? How do the two interact and cross-pollinate? On the surface, they wouldn't seem to overlap, but on deeper examination, inhabitants of both worlds learn from each other constantly. Here are some areas at the intersection of abundance and constraint we'll be exploring at the 2009 edition of ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference:
Materials & Mechanics
Mobile & The Web
Nomadism & Shedworking
Life Hacking & Information Overload