Lectures by Meg Grant (New Zealand / The Netherlands)
Time and place:
2.5. 2011, 18.00 (Muu Maanantai)
MUU galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki
3.5. 2011, 16.00
Aalto University School of Art and Design, lecture room 6088, 6th floor
Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki
Meg Grant will give two lectures in Helsinki, first in Muu Maanantai on 2nd May, and the following day in Aalto University School of Art and Design. She gives 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.
The lectures are a part of the upcoming course on wearable electronics in autumn 2011, organized by Muu Artist Association in collaboration with Aalto University. It is a further education 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 images in reaction to movement, that sense and communicate with the environment or react to it, and send online messages. 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 for 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 results from the course will be presented publicly later in 2011 or 2012. The workshop is lead by Tomi Dufva and Jukka Hautamäki. Both artists have worked with media art and have been using Arduino (http://www.arduino.cc) and other platforms in their art for several years.