Kinetic Body Extensions for Social Interactions

Come join Social Body Lab for a new Studio (workshop) at TEI 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden!

Title: Kinetic Body Extensions for Social Interactions

How can we create wearable devices to amplify, extend, or subvert our existing body language? This studio focuses on in-person, “real life” social interactions. It invites participants to explore ways of physically extending their own expressivity via wearable electronics and structural textile design using a prototyping method developed by OCAD University’s Social Body Lab. Through the use of sensors, servo motors, and pleated and folded textile forms, participants will learn how to create kinetic wearable body extensions that expand and contract in response to intuitive body movements. We will experiment with kinetic structures that vary in size, form, complexity, and placement on the body and experiment with triggers including pressure, flexion, light, and muscle activity. Ranging from the subtle to the absurd, we will prototype new methods for extending and enhancing our physical social interactions.

This work is based of our findings from our projects “Prosthetic Technologies of Being” and “Monarch V2“.

Workshop Leaders:

Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the author of the book “Make: Wearable Electronics”, 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 Associate Professor of Wearable and Mobile Technology in the Digital Futures program and Director of the Social Body Lab. She is also the director of ITP Camp, a summer program at ITP/NYU in New York.

Boris Kourtoukov is an artist and wearable technology designer based in Toronto. His focus is on creating simple, tangible experiences that develop and redefine themselves through repeated interaction. Boris recently completed his contribution to the Quipucamayoc project, and participated in the Monarch and Cardinal projects as part of the Social Body lab. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in interaction design at the Oslo School of Architecture.

Erin Lewis is a PhD student in Textile Design at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden. Her PhD research explores magnetic and electromagnetic textile expressions through a process of material exploration and textile design experimentation. Prior to her studies in Sweden, Erin was an instructor at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, where she taught wearable electronics and wearable computing within the Faculty of Design.

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