SOFT Symposium on Fashion Technology

KABK Event

6-9 October 2014 in Amsterdam and The Hague Registration:

Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK)

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)
Symposium on Fashion Technology
6-9 October 2014
In The Hague & Amsterdam
Language: English

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6 & 7 October 2014
10-17 hrs
Masterclasses by Marije Baalman & KOBAKANT
Royal Academy Of Art, The Hague

In this two-day workshop participants will explore the human body as a platform for musical interaction. Using Marije Baalman’s SenseStage wireless communication boards and a range of textile sensors that can be applied to the body to capture movements and interaction. In teams of 2 or 3 participants will imagine and build their wearable instrument costumes or accessories and find ways to design around the personal and intimate sphere of on-body and inter-body interactions.

Costs: 60 Euros. Students: 30 Euros
Language: English

8 October 2014

10-16 hrs

Symposium @ Royal Academy of Art

10:00-10:45 Keynote speech by Professor Anneke Smelik (Radboud Universiteit, NL)

11:00-11:45 Soomi Park (multimedia artist and designer UK/KR)

12:00-13:30 Short presentations: Meg Grant, Kobakant, Ebru Kurbak, Ricardo O’Nacsimento, Danielle Roberts, Dieter Vandoren
13:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 presentation of the outcomes of the masterclasses Marije Baalman + KOBAKANT
14:30-14:45 introduction moderator Lianne Toussaint.
14:45-15:30 rond table talk: Meg Grant, KOBAKANT, Ebru Kurbak, Ricardo O’Nacsimento, Danielle Roberts, Dieter Vandoren.
15:30-16:00 Koffie

Free Entrance
Language: English

9 October 2014
Symposium @ Volkshotel, Wibautstraat 150 Amsterdam 
Keynote speaker: Asta Roseway (Microsoft Research Lab)
And: Maartje Dijkstra, Eef Lubbers, Paulien Routs, Piem Wirtz, Local Androids

Free Entrance
Language: English


Programme of the Day

12:00 welcome

 12.30 introduction

12.45 Key note speaker Asta Roseway
13.30 Lunch 
14.30 Margreet de Kok
15.10 Paulien Routs
15.50 Piem Wirtz
16.15 Eef Lubbers
16.45 Closure by Hein Daanen
16.55 Performance by Like Living Organisms
17.15 drinks

Symposium speakers (in alphabetical order):
Marije Baalman (NL)
Marije Baalman is an artist and researcher/developer working in the field of interactive sound art. She studied Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft and completed her Ph.D. on Wave Field Synthesis and electro-acoustic music in 2007 at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University of Berlin. Her current research goes into the use of wireless networks for live performance (such as dance and music), installations and interactive environments. She has performed and exhibited work across Europe (STEIM, WORM (NL), EXIT festival (F), Club Transmediale (D), Make Art (FR)) and beyond (Electrofringe (AU), Translife (CN), Elektra (CA)). She is a contributor to “The SuperCollider Book” (MIT Press, 2011).

Magreet de Kok (B)
Dr. Margreet de Kok received her PhD in polymer chemistry in 1999 at the Limburg University Centre (Diepenbeek, Belgium) on electroluminescent polymers for OLEDs. She joined Philips Research in 1999 and was responsible for the material development and new applications for OLED comprising biomedical applications.Since end of 2008 she is active in the TNO/Holst centre in the team of Herman Schoo on Sensor Tags and Systems exploring the possibilities of combining functionalities in foil technology.

Meg Grant (USA/NZ)
Meg Grant is a designer and maker exploring how wearable electronics can influence our relationships with those around us. Recurring themes in her work are the aesthetics of electronic components and an irreverent approach to critical design. Meg Grant graduated in 1995 as a fashion designer. As a self-taught programmer and equal passions for interactive media and electronics lead her into wearable technology as an art form. Grant is an I am active member in the Arduino and online open source hardware find communities and a member of the v2_ eTextile Workspace.

KOBAKANT (Mika Satomi, artist, researcher D/JP and Hannah Perner-Wilson, artist, researcher D/AT)
Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson have been collaborating since 2006, and in 2008 formed the collective KOBAKANT. They explore the use of textile crafts and electronics as a medium for commenting on technological aspects of today’s “high-tech” society. KOBAKANT believes in the spirit of humoring technology, often presenting their work as a twisted criticism of the stereotypes surrounding textile craftsmanship and electrical engineering. KOBAKANT believes that technology exists to be hacked, handmade and modified by everyone to better fit our personal needs and desires.

Ebru Kurbak (TR/AT)
Ebru is an artist, researcher and educator, currently based in Vienna. Ebru studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. After graduating, she taught Visual Perception and Design Literacy at the Departments of Visual Communication Design and Photography and Video in the Istanbul Bilgi University. She currently works as a lecturer at the Department of space&designstrategies in the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz,Her works deal with psychological and cultural implications of body-technology-space relations. In her recent works, she has been designing body-worn technologies and exploring their instrumental, aesthetic and semiotic potentials. She has shown her work in international platforms such as the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz), Siggraph (US), and File Festival (São Paulo) among others. She has carried out residencies at the La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), LABoral (Gijon) and V2_(Rotterdam). objects and spaces.

Eef Lubbers (NL)
Eef Lubbers recently graduated at the Technical University Eindhoven. She has an expressionist work process that revolves around her perfectionist style. Together with her interest in textiles and technology she explores the possibilities of wearable technology.

Ricardo O'Nascimento (NL/BR)
Ricardo O'Nascimento is an artist and researcher on the field of new media and interactive art. He investigates body-environment relations focused on interface development for worn devices, interactive installations and hybrid environments. He holds degree from PUC - SP , SENAC - SP and the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz at the Interface Culture Department. Currently he works in his studio and teaches at Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. He received awards including CYNETART award 2012 and Rumos Arte Cibernética. His works have been featured in several museums, galleries and art festivals like Ars Electronica, FILE, LABoral, V2, Instituto Itaú Cultural, Soft Galleri and Transmediale, among others.

Soomi Park (UK/KOR)
Soomi Park is a multimedia artist and designer based in London, United Kingdom and Seoul, Korea. She received her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London, Digital Media Design from International Design school for Advanced Studies(IDAS) Hong-Ik University, and BFA from Sookmyoung Women’s University in Seoul. Her work encompasses a range of mediums, including interactive installations and media fashions. Most of her artwork comes from her curiosity about new types of emotional design, which are inspired by online and offline features that show the dialogue between human, the world and their connection. Her work has been acclaimed by international pundits for its ingenuity. Her LED Eyelash won her Honorary Mention under the section of Interactive Art at PRIX Ars Electronica 2008. Her work has been featured by numerous online and offline media outlets such as See Yourself Sensing, Functional Aesthetics, Gizmodo, Fashioning Technology and We-Make-Money-Not-Art. Her work has been exhibited at festivals and galleries in Seoul, Incheon(Korea), Aarhus (Denmark), Linz (Austria) and Limerick (Ireland) including the first her solo show, Anxiety E(A)nd, at Platoon Kunsthalle (Seoul, South Korea) during her studio residency period. Soomi is practicing art at her studio, Imoos+, and with an artist group, KalmontFamily. “Imoos+” is the name of a media studio that Soomi Park is working for herself. “Imoos+” represents Soomi’s vision for working with both interactive media design and other various design.

Danielle Roberts (NL)
The work of media artist Danielle Roberts is positioned at the intersection of art, design, science and technology. Her work takes the form of installations, wearables, (web) applications and performances. Her pieces can be interpreted as ‘tools for awareness.’ Integrated into everyday life, sensor and mobile technologies help her to extend the senses way beyond the common field of view. Through measuring and collecting of invisible influences she renders the invisible to experience. The boundaries between her daily life and art are blurring. Networked, wireless and wearable technologies enable her to (automatically) quantify herself and her life. Her ideal, creating art simply through living, is getting closer day by day.

Asta Roseway (USA)
Asta Roseway is a Research Designer, at Microsoft Research, whose work focuses around Human Computing Interaction (HCI), Affective Computing, and Wearable Technologies. Roseway's highly regarded 'Printing Dress' (ISWC 2011 Expo winner), is a combination of fashion and technology designed to provoke questions around wearable displays, privacy, and social impact. She continues to explore these questions but more specifically focuses on experiences within the health and wellness sector. Asta is one of the co-founders of studio99, a Microsoft Research effort designed to bring Art and Technology practices closer together.

Paulien Routs//Pauline van Dongen (NL)
Paulien Routs researches emerging dress-logics that are found in the synthesis of technology and fashion. In practice, she concentrates on how we could be innovating fashion design practices to facilitate these niche ways of dressing the body. Early 2013 she joined Pauline van Dongen’s team during the making of Pauline’s now most well-known project, ‘Wearable Solar’. A year later she became part of the studio, taking responsibility over marketing and communication activities.

Professor Anneke Smelik (NL)
Prof Dr Anneke Smelik is professor of Visual Culture, on the Katrien van Munster chair in the Department of Cultural Studies at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). She studied film and theatre studies at the University of Utrecht and received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Amsterdam. After years of research on visual media such as film, television and videoclips, Anneke Smelik has shifted her focus to fashion studies and the creative industries. Her current research focuses on new materialism in fashion studies, a Deleuzean perspective on fashion as well as performances of identity and authenticity in fashion

Lianne Toussaint (NL)
Lianne Toussaint is a PhD candidate at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. The central aim of the research project ‘Pretty Smart Wearables: Theories of the Body, Fashion and Technology’ is to academically and thoroughly reflect on the socio-cultural implications of this integration of fashion and technology. The PhD research is part of the broader NWO-project ‘Crafting Wearables’ that explores the design, application and production of ‘fashionable (or ‘wearable’) technologies’.. The project’s key hypothesis is that these technological innovations will have a deep impact on the social and cultural value, aesthetics and function of clothes and fashion. Taking the theoretical concept of cultural performance as a starting point, the research focuses on three interrelated effects of wearable technology. First, it looks at how the interaction between body, garment, and technology influences the embodied experience of the wearer. Second, the project will explore how fashion and technology reciprocally transform each other’s aesthetics. Finally, the project aims at a better understanding of how fashionable technology enables the wearer to communicate emotions, values and identity in new and alternative ways.

Dieter Vandoren (NL)
Dieter Vandoren is a media artist, performer and developer. He is a guest tutor and researcher at the Hyperbody and ID-StudioLab groups at the Delft University of Technology (departments of architecture and industrial design, respectively), founding member of the iii collective and former director of cultural centre De Fabriek Rotterdam. He previously worked as developer and researcher at design office ONL[Oosterhuis_Lenard] and research group Hyperbody. He is part of the art direction team of Blikopener Festival & Producties. He holds a master degree in ArtScience (Royal Academy of Art The Hague) and a bachelor in Digital Communication (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht). His works have been featured at Ars Electronica, CTM, TodaysArt, STEIM, STRP, Glow, NIMk and others.
His work balances on the edge of creative arts and scientific research & development. Drawing from his diverse backgrounds in music, informatics and interactive architecture, he is currently occupied with the development and performance of spatial, immersive audiovisual instruments with a strong focus on the embodied aspect of performance.

Piem Wirtz (NL)
Piem Wirtz holds a Msc in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology. From November 2007 until January 2013 Piem was projectmanager at V2_Lab. Her main focus was on wearable technology projects, where she was not only involved from a management perspective but also in the hands-on production of artworks. Together with Melissa Coleman she initiated the E-Textile Workspace, a platform for discussion about wearable technology and smart textiles. This workspace combines many of the leading designers, technicians and researchers.

Fashiontech performance “Like Living Organisms” (Local Androids)
“Like Living Organisms” is an interactive skindress that expresses excitement like between two people when they first meet. It breathes; it shows a pulse through its veins on the hips and inflates/deflates the shoulder balloons. When approached it responds by increasing its pulse rate through the veins as if it's excited. It's now up to the visitor to respond to this excitement. Upon contact the suit will show it's vulnerable side by deflating the shoulder balloons.

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