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MEG GRANT “Wearable Technology”, 2.-3.5.2011 Helsinki

Meg Grant (New Zealand / The Netherlands):
“Wearable Technology: An introduction to the field of eTextiles and
soft-circuits for independent artists and makers”

MUU Maanantai in MUU gallery
May 2, 2011 6 pm.
MUU galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki

Aalto University School of Art and Design
May 3, 2011, 4 pm.
Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

Lectures are in english language. Free entry.

Meg Grant will give an introduction to wearable technology, eTextiles and
soft-circuits, with a focus on work by independent artists and makers like
herself. She presents some of the challenges and solutions she has
encountered while developing soft-circuit DIY art projects and shares
practical information about how to start your own eTextile experiments.

Meg Grant (NZ/NL) is a designer, programmer and artist exploring how
wearable electronics can influence our relationships with people around us.
Recurring themes in her work are the aesthetics of electronic components and
an irreverent approach to critical design.

Graduating as a fashion designer in 1995, she has always been interested in
the emotional bonds people have with what they wear. As a self-taught
programmer, equal passions for interactive media and electronics guided her
naturally into wearable technology as an art form.

She is active in the Arduino and online open source hardware communities.
As a member of the v2_ eTextile Workspace in Rotterdam, she helped organise
part of the Maker Lab at the DMY Festival Berlin 2010. She has presented
her work at the Design School Eindhoven and Willem de Kooning Academy, and
her first major piece, “Apology Helmet”, was recently featured in Wired
Online as an example of new thinking that blurs the borders between product
design and art.

Lecture is part of the upcoming course on wearable electronics. It is a
further training course for professionals working with fine art media,
video, film, dance, performance art and fashion design. The course focuses
on the use of wearable computing and electronics in art. This broad and
varied field provides new opportunities for artistic work and for the
creation of multi-disciplinary art projects embracing media art, fashion
design and engineering, as well as other fields.

Electronics and sensors allow artists to create interactive smart garments
that produce sounds and/or images in reaction to movement, that sense and
communicate with the environment, react to it, send online messages, and so
on. As the term ‘wearable’ suggests, such artworks are carried by the user,
thereby interacting with the environment.

The participants will use the Arduino development platform and learn about
various wireless technologies. The course curriculum covers the special
skills required in the creation of independent works. Participants will
create small workshop projects together before embarking on their own
project. Some examples of wearable computers and smart garments are
presented in our Tumblr blog at http://etsi.tumblr.com/

The participants’ own works created during the course will be presented in
late 2011 (at MUU gallery) and/or spring 2012 (at the Pixelache festival).
The workshop leaders are Tomi Dufva and Jukka Hautamäki. Both artists have
worked with media art and have been using Arduino and other platforms in
their art for several years. The downloadable Arduino software and more
information are available at: http://www.arduino.cc

More info: muugalleria@muu.fi, +358-9-625 972

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