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  • A Kit-of-No-Parts at Weissensee
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  • connecting bubbles
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  • Electronics as Material III
  • Electronics of Materials IV
  • Electronics Surgery
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  • Elektronik und Handwerk
  • Embroidered Speaker Workshop
  • Engineers for Social Impact workshop at Mumbai : e-Diwali
  • ETextile CARD10
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  • eTextile Summer Camp 2013
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  • Everything is Talkative
  • fabric meets electronics
  • Fabricademy: Soft Circuits and Textiles Sensors
  • - faser - faden - fiktion -
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  • from SPACE to SPACE
  • From Swatches to Pockets
  • FT1 - Material Mechanisms for Utopian Uniforms
  • FT1: Moving Fabrics with Electrons
  • FT1: Tailoring with Electronic Textiles I
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  • Game controller hack
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  • least likely
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  • LilyPad Arduino Programming
  • Sewing an electronic circuit
  • Make your own multi-touchpad
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  • #paper-adventures
  • Physical Computing Stammtisch
  • Piano T-Shirt
  • PIFpack Workshop
  • Playing with electronic textiles
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  • Relief Embroidery Workshop at Summercamp
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  • School of Wicked Fabrics: FOUNDATION /02
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  • Soft & Tiny Arduino Workshop
  • Solar T-shirt Workshop
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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:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was 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

    Taking Parts Apart Workshop at TH Nürnberg

    11 December 2019, 15-18:00 at TH Nürnberg, Germany

    Download PDF documentation of outcome >> http://kobakant.at/downloads/PDFs/20-takingPartsApart_THnurnberg.pdf
    Photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157712797821188

    A hands-on exercise in getting to know the electronic parts that make up the technologies we use every day.
    After understanding how they work, can we re-imagine them to be made in different ways?

    >> konp.plusea.at/
    >> A Kit-of-No-Parts at Weissensee (2014)

    Uncreativity Discussion

    Bilton, Chris. (2014) Uncreativity : the shadow side of creativity. International Journal of Cultural Policy. ISSN 1028-6632 (In Press)
    >> http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/59837/


    A Kit-of-Parts
    (wikipedia >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit-of-parts)

    THEORY – Kit-of-parts Theory refers to the study and application of object-oriented building techniques, where building components are pre-designed / pre-engineered / pre-fabricated for inclusion in construction systems.

    CONSTRUCTION – Kit-of-parts construction is a special subset of pre-fabrication that not only attempts to achieve flexibility in assembly and efficiency in manufacture, but also by definition requires a capacity for demountability, disassembly, and reuse.

    PHILOSOPHY – Kit-of-parts philosophy goes hand in hand with advanced manufacturing, automation, and computer and information technologies. Handling multiple identical components as instances of a master element is an efficient use of the computer in the planning stage, and use of standard components can take advantage of mass-production and mass-customization manufacturing technologies.

    If we look at the electronic devices that surround us we can start to notice that much of their functionality, form, their materiality and the ways in which we interact with them are influenced by the parts they are made up of.
    + the shapes of screens, buttons
    + the actions of pressing, scrolling, swiping…
    + the hard plastic, metallic materials
    + the slick, smooth, rounded shapes of industrial production


    + work alone or team up in group of 2
    + pick a part (you don’t know)
    + hand out blank A5 pages and pencils/pens

    PART 1

    knowing, noticing, imaging what parts can do…

    select a part and examine it using only your body
    (your senses of vision, smell, taste, touch, your knowledge of other things, your ability to notice, analyze and make connections).

    give it a name. describe what it does.

    who made it?
    when did they make it? where they make it? what is it made of?

    where your knowledge ends, your imagination begins

    capture all that you see with pencil on paper

    show&tell: everybody presents what they have been able to know about their part.

    PART 2

    with the help of tools…..

    now take tools in your hands and use these to open,
    dismantle, distroy your part.

    do so in order to find out more.

    examine your part’s insides closely and with utter curiosity.

    do what you could not know with your body alone.

    capture all that you see with pencil and paper

    show&tell: everybody presents what they have been able to know about their part.


    Were you able to gain knowledge from taking the parts apart?
    What kind of knowledge is it? What is it of?


    Name, explain, demonstrate what the parts are.
    + materials
    + datasheets

    An ETextile (Un)Creative Practice?

    ETextiles as a field of practice looking to combine electrical functionalities into textile materialities finds itself in conversation with the kit-of-parts system of electronic components.

    ETextiles combines the above electronic characteristics with the materiality, history, wearability of textiles (and textile crafts). This act of combining offers oppertunity to expand/diversify the field of electronics into *new* possibilities.

    ETextiles – Soft Circuits – Textile Sensors
    As a creative process, etextiles looks to figure out new solutions that allow combinations of:
    + hard&soft materialities
    + industrial&craft processes
    + new&old technologies and techniques
    + female&male gender roles

    The immediate contrast/contradiction between hard components and soft fibers offers much space for working *outside the box*, inventing *new* solutions, discovering new ideas.

    ETextile practitioners often find themselves unpacking the functionalities contained within component parts in order to:
    + understand how they work
    + get at the underlying materials
    + discard the excess packaging of standardization
    + free ourselves (both physically and mentally) from the constraints of the kit-of-parts system

    But what impact does the highly standardized, globalized, systematic, kit-of-parts approach (that has enabled ever more complex technologies and now shapes the processes of working with electricity) have on a creative process of working with the materials of electronics?

    A Kit-of-No Parts?

    >> konp.plusea.at/
    >> https://www.plusea.at/?p=1855

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