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Kate Hartman

TED, Associate Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology and Director of the Social Body Lab | Toronto

Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the co-creator of Botanicalls, a system that lets thirsty plants place phone calls for human help, and the Lilypad XBee, a sewable radio transceiver that allows your clothing to communicate. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by the New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR, in books such as “Fashionable Technology” and “Art Science Now”. She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hartman is based in Toronto at OCAD University where she is the Associate Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology and Director of the Social Body Lab. She is also the director of ITP Camp, a summer program at ITP/NYU. Hartman enjoys bicycles, rock climbing, and someday hopes to work in Antarctica.

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Alex Murray-Leslie

Chicks on Speed, PhD candidate, University of Technology | Sydney

BipedShoes: The Haute Couture of digital musical instruments for a new dramaturgy in performance

The field of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), and it’s sub genre, Digital Musical Instrument design (DMI), is a relatively young area of exploration. This is especially true of wearable DMI for the feet, the topic of this research and like each new field, wearable DMI is still taking shape.

The research explores ideas of designing aesthetic, visual and acoustic wearable DMI footwear and their impact on dramaturgy in performance. (Dramaturgy is the art of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage).

The BipeShoe project acknowledges past developments in footwear and looks at symbolic experiences with technologically enhanced aesthetic prosthetic extensions of the body.  Acoustically and visually aesthetic, mechanical and sensorial extensions and their movements are explored and documented. The impacts of the different choices throughout the development process are considered. Theories of creativity and movement using these body-centric devices are learnt and adopted to arrive at ways this knowledge can impact dramaturgy in performance. Focussing on the body and it’s capacity for movement opens up potential to explore the body with foot-centred musical devices. Through my praxis, I demonstrate how engaging the feet with foot-worn musical instruments affects ideation, movement and associated sounds.

The research also presents a series of shoe based prototypes made by the “artformance” group Chicks on Speed and shoe designer Max Kibardin and their utilisation in experimental workshops, live art and exhibitions.

The BipedShoe project is being undertaken in academic, scientific and artist in research residencies and the collaboration includes researchers at The University of Technology, Sydney (Creativity and Cognition Studios, School of Software), The University of Western Australia (SymbioticA, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology) and Penn State University (Kinesiology & School of Visual Arts) with funding from the European Union and Australia Council for the Arts.

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Becky Stewart

Codasign | London

Becky is a founder of Codasign and Anti-Alias Labs. Codasign is an arts technology education company that teaches adults and kids how to use technology in creative projects. Anti-Alias Labs is where Becky puts her technical expertise into practice. She completed her PhD in acoustics and spatial audio with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London in 2010 and now combines signal processing with physical computing. She has put GPS into hand-cobbled leather shoes and is currently working on turning the Brooklyn Bridge into a musical instrument. Her projects are documents on her website and blog.

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Leslie Birch

Adafruit | Philadelphia

Leslie Birch is a tech geisha, with a love of open source hardware – especially Arduino. She’s a blogger and maker for Adafruit and also writes for Element 14 and Make:. Her award winning designs include the FLORAbrella, an LED umbrella that matches clothing, and the Orbit Skirt, a skirt showing the orbit of the International Space Station. Recently her team placed in the finals of the International NASA Space Apps Challenge with Senti8 – a bracelet that allows astronauts and earthlings to share scents. Her work is often inspired by space and movies, and she is especially drawn to the power of sensors. Her talk, “The Magic of Sensors – Bringing Clothing to Life” will demonstrate common sensors, and offer the group a chance to create a sketch of a new sensing outfit. Inspiring the next generation of creators is paramount, and Leslie works with STEAMworkPhilly, as well as MakerJawn, a program bringing making into libraries in Philadelphia. Her geek activities include hackerspace Hive76, birding, and collecting Star Wars toys.

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Katharina Bredies

UDK, Design Research Lab | Berlin

Katharina is knitting with conductive yarns since 2009, when she started working with electronic textiles as part of her PhD research at Design Research Lab, Berlin. She is now a postdoctoral researcher with both University of Arts Berlin and Borås School of Textiles in Sweden. In her talk, she will look at the challenges and opportunities that come with trying to construct electronic elements in a textile shape, using traditional textile production techniques. Textiles as a medium for electronics have not only made computers wearable, but also soft and flexible. These new qualities do not only change the way we interact with electronic devices, but also the way we design and assemble them.

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Mika Satomi

Kobakant, Weissensee Academy of Art | Berlin

Only satisfied when things are working, Mika Satomi is always looking for new ways to use any kind of material, or bending existing techniques to her needs. Since 2006, she works together with Hannah Perner-Wilson under the collective name KOBAKANT exploring the field of eTextiles. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Tokyo Zokei University, and an MA in Media Creation from IAMAS, Japan. She has been a researcher at The Smart Textile Design Lab at Textilehögskolan in Borås, Sweden from 2010-2012. Currently she is a guest professor at the eLab, Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin.

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Thomas Gnahm

Trafo Pop | Berlin

Thomas ist the founder of the Berlin based bicycle club “Trafo Pop”, they are building wearable LED jackets and organize night rides as well as workshops. Trafo Pop has become quite known and got featured by variuos blogs like creators project and invited to variuos events like IFA 2014. After one year of cycling, soldering and sewing Trafo Pop decided to initiate the Wear It festival to invite other artists, developers and makers to Berlin and form up a wearable technology community and meet up in person. There has been a very positive response to the idea of organizing the festival and Thomas is amazed about the wonderful speakers and artists that come from all over the world to join the festival.

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