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1st - Sunday 8th December 2002
A Future Physical focus for artists, designers, technoligists
and the public to debate and view topical developments and innovations
in wearable computing and smart textiles.
artists, fashion, interface designers mix electronics, computing
and textile technologies...
The integration of the digital into our clothing raises both
practical and conceptual issues. Most items in this development
area are still solid and unwashable, with wires and multi-attachments.
The collaboration between designers and artists from the technology
hardware, textiles and fashion industries is topical and relevant;
an exchange of thinking and techniques is needed.
ME!!! provided the chance to explore the issues
and products in play. What kind of digital interaction will
future clothing give us? How can fashion, textiles and hardware
industries integrate their knowledge? What are the ‘near
future’ evolutions that will give us easy to wear, fashionable
and portable interfaces?
WEAR ME!!! Network
Exchange wass a co-production between Future Physical, Plan
B, FoAm and Norwich Arts Centre in co-operation Norwich School
of Art and Design and Magna with sponsorship from Xybernaut
and funding from Culture 2000 framework of the European Commission
and Arts Council of England.
- What's On
WEAR ME!!! Network
Exchange programme involved a Marketplace hosted by The Forum,
Norwich on Saturday 7th December for the public to view new
smart clothing and digital accessories, and test prototypes
and experiments by artists and industry.
marketplace was hosted at The Forum in Norwich on Saturday
7th December and exhibited new smart clothing and digital
accessories, plus test prototypes and see experiments by artists
showcased the latest HARDWARE and SOFTWEAR prototypes, product
and equipment demos by international artists and innovative
electronics & textile companies. Industry representation includes
Digimask (UK), Xybernaut (US/Germany), Groovy Gecko (UK),
Ridgewell Press (UK), Mr. Blinkey (UK), Vexed Generation (UK)
Karrysafe (UK), Motorola (USA/UK), Softswitch (UK) and Logitech
(UK). Textiles artist representation includes Lisa Miillward
(UK), Rachael Wingfield (UK) and Fo.Am (Belgium).
Here to view the WEAR ME!!! InterChange Timeline Norwich 5-8th
DEC 2002 >>
the txOom PlaySpace
by international art/science collective FoAm to the Circus
Space Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth from 1st - 8th December 2002.
here for detailed txOom Great Yarmouth Event Info!! >>
txOom, participants (from aged 5 years upwards) took a journey
into the media worlds of 'textiles in bloom' through wearing
garments using body sensing technologies and active fabrics.
(Textures in Bloom) was a responsive PlaySpace, where wearable
architecture and evolving media worlds blend, engendering
a rich and multilayered experience. Players were sensed by
the PlaySpace using motion sensors and vision tracking systems
incorporated into the space. Gradually the social interaction
between the participants, and the responsive sound and visuals
projected throughout the PlaySpace, change and evolve as they
begin to play together.
environments are designed as public experiments, for testing
and research in the field of biomimetics, visualisation and
sonification of human behaviour and human-computer interaction
in mixed realities. An important part of the site-specific
environment was developed through interaction with local community
groups, as well as national and international artists and
here for more information about txOom >>
- Performances, Exhibitions & Demos
and around WEAR
Exchange, Future Physical exhibited commissioned
works as presentations, performances, exhibitions, process
demos and installations including the first showing of Canadian
artist, Nicholas Stedman's The
Blanket Project by Canadian artist Nicholas
Stedman, a remote connected reactive object. more>>
Flop performance piece by Ambienttv.net looking
at the multiplicity of identity in a networked world. The
project uses wearable computing units from Xybernaut as part
of a scientific research contract with Future Physical. (To
be premiered at Colchester Arts Centre in Spring 2003). more>>
Wingfield, who appeared on Tomorrow’s World,
this summer, will be giving a demo presentation of her commission
Digital Dawn - an Interactive blind (to be premiered at the
ECO-TECH Exchange in Colchester in February). more>>
- international artist/technologist Thecla Schiphorst's new
co-creation with Suzan Kozel, a participatory installation
involving a 5-woman team of engineers, software designers
and visual specialists. Custom-created wearables are given
network interfaces, which talk to each other through pulse
and other physical data (to be presented at the RESPOND Network
Exchange in Cambridge, April 2003). more>>
Remote Controller by People Like Us - demonstration
of a research project using documentary/educational/industrial
film footage exploring the subject of 20th century experimentation
in human body and machine interfaces. more>>
by Stanza - geno… genomix…genome baby maker is
an interactive online installation created by one of the UK’s
leading web artists. It allows members of the public to cross-reference
all the patterns on the genome sequence and intermix or breed
your their own variables, allowing the user to look at the
new mix of chromosomes in real time; online. more>>
Story by Simon Byford. This targeted commission
takes the form of an unfolding love story on the Future Physical
web site. Love on the Internet, echoing through servers and
cables, packets of information containing hopes and fears.
Love and the idea of love as a name, an electronic address,
perceived identity, the flesh of emotion. more>>
kondition pluriel - schème II by Martin
Kusch and Marie-Claude Poulin. This research commission from
the group kondition pluriel is directed by two Canada-based
artists who are working with dance and new technology. Their
project schËme II is a physical platform for experimental,
performative research. This choreographic installation takes
the form of a performance arena equipped with a variety of
technological tools specifically developed for the project.
WEAR ME!!! moves
to Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham in April 2003
for an exhibition and to London in Sept/October 2003 as a
fashion show. Register interest to receive events publicity.
Future Physical website provides an entry point to the programme
online debate forums
and details of the programme.
Register through the web site to join the Future Physical
Community, and you will be kept informed of forthcoming Future
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debate forum to engage in debates and air your views on body
Sign up for the InterChange gatherings for specialist exchange/debate
within the series of Network Exchange Events.
InterChange places are limited, please register early:
ME!!! - Open from 28th September 2002
- Open from 15th November 2002
BIOTECH Application Deadline 10th January 2002
ECOTECH Application Deadline 20th January 2002
- Open from 10th February 2003
you cannot attend these exchange events physically, sign
up for the online discussion groups and web
casts and join in with and follow debate.
Check this website to keep up to date with events
- Key note Speech
speech on future visions of digital body interfaces by renowned
international artist/technologist, Thecla Schiphorst (Associate
Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver). <<more>>
registered participants, the WEAR
ME!!! InterChange offered 3 intensive days
of working groups, process demos and networking around evolutions
in smart textiles and fashion, hardware portability and miniaturisation,
wireless networking and interactive software interfaces, presentations,
film showings and multiple networking opportunities plus public
Physical - Credit
Physical is a cultural programme co-conceived by shinkansen
and East England Arts, produced by Future Physical Ltd/shinkansen
for East England Arts.