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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    From 2013-2015 Mika is a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley


    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab


    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition
    Workshops

    Nature’s Wearables

    30th July – 5th August 2017, at PIFcamp in Slovenia.

    KOBAKANT will be joining PIFcamp this year to design and build “all-natural wearable technology”. Merging natural and technical materials and mechanisms to produce a new style of technological cladding – wearables to protect us from the future.

    This work was realized in collaboration with Andy, Craig, Hannah, Mika, Miro and Sanja. Vaclav and Dario joined the final performance with their modular synthesizer and analog instrument. For final project documentation, please see this page:
    >> http://www.kobakant.at/?p=1107

    We will hunt and gather nature’s treasures from the Soca valley and investigate how we can use these resources to build a new category of wearable technology. Technology inspired by the properties, qualities, textures, colours, rules and smells of the outdoors. These wearables will make us want to run out into the wild, to make noise and take action, to express our concerns through moving our bodies in all kinds of natural ways.

    We will investigate, make, talk, choreograph and perform!

    1) INVESTIGATE nature’s ability to make sound – both analog and digital

    Explore following concepts with our hunted and gathered materials:
    – Resistive and piezoresistive properties of materials
    – Piezoelectric properties of materials (solar cell, temperature difference, physical strain….)
    – Electromagnetic pickups (generating and amplifying small voltages)

    Experiment with different sound circuits
    – Those from Bastl Instruments
    – We will order some 555 timers and ATtinys
    – Participants please bring stuff too!

    Make things loud!
    – How can we amplify these sounds so that they are heard? Especially outdoors.

    2) MAKE the results of our investigation wearable

    – Design wearables so that we can make sound with the movements of our bodies
    – Make these designs durable so that they can be worn and performed

    3) TALK about nature, human nature, technology and the built environment

    We will gather around the fire to share and discuss:
    – What is nature, what is natural?
    – How are humans and nature intertwined?
    – What do we want to make noise about?
    – Who are we performing for?

    4) CHOREOGRAPH a performance (a ritual, a protest, a march, a dance, a game, a movement…)

    Any choreographers and performers at PIFcamp? We would love your help and input on this part!

    5) PERFORM on the last day of PIFcamp

    FAQ:

    Q: Who can join this node?
    A: You must hunt and gather, learn and share. Then you may join.

    Q: What do you mean by “natural”?
    A: Good question. Lets discuss.

    Q: What do you mean by “make noise and take action”?
    A: We will discuss together what we want to make noise and take action on. This discussion will inform what costumes we build and the choreography of our performance.

    Q: What materials and tools can I contribute to this project?
    A: Bring yourselves, bring your bodies, bring circuits that make sound and materials that conduct. Bring your sewing needles and pocket knives. Your hiking boots and bathing suits.

    Current Dictionary Definitions:

    wearable – “an item that can be worn”
    cladding – “a covering or coating on a structure or material”
    technical – “of, involving, or concerned with applied and industrial sciences”
    natural – “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind”

    Related work

    In the woods…

    >> http://www.kobakant.at/?p=1068
    >> http://www.kobakant.at/?p=988

    Blurred Boundary

    >> http://www.plusea.at/?category_name=blurred-boundary



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