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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

    Stories from an etextile tailor

    (German version bellow)

    Stories from an e-textile tailor
    Make your tech and wear it too!

    In this talk I’d like to give an introduction to the materials, tools, skills and energies involved in making electronic textiles and tailoring wearable technology, which has been my practice for the past 13 years.

    I spend my days crafting electronic textiles, imagining what this technology, worn on our bodies, will allow us to sense, to communicate, to become. As an explorer of new materials, I create soft circuits and textile sensors that I document and share on How To Get What You Want and A-Kit-Of-No-Parts hoping to inspire others to join me in this material practice.

    Starting points for my work vary from open-ended playful explorations of materials/tools/techniques in order to discover interesting narratives and diverse ways of doing things (such as hand-embroidering elaborate circuitry onto a funeral gown to speak about possible futures), to directed commissions looking to problem-solve and realize concrete ideas (such as developing robust hard-soft connections, insulation methods, sensor and actuator designs).

    Whether I’m exploring or solving, I find myself seeking direct, hands-on encounters with the materials of electronics – materials that due to their abilities to conduct, resist, isolate, store or generate electrical current are able to make up what we think of as electronics. I’m drawn to this more interactive style of dialogue because it allows me to engage more of my bodily sensors (sensations) and actuators in real-time debate-like conversation. There is this image of future technology being fully constructed by machine and a workmanship of certainty. I’m drawn to exploring the other end of the spectrum, towards what furniture designer and design theorist David Pye’s describes as the workmanship of risk. How uncertain, how intimate, how messy, how physically and collaboratively connected can we get with the materials of electronics?

    >> https://media.ccc.de/v/Camp2019-10375-make_your_tech_and_wear_it_too#t=560

    „Geschichten einer e-textile Schneiderin”
    Make your tech and wear it too!

    Freitag 1. November
    19 Uhr

    Performance Lesung mit
    Hannah Perner-Wilson, Kobakant Berlin

    In diesem Vortrag möchte ich eine Einleitung geben in die Materialien, Werkzeuge, Fähigkeiten und Energien die bei der Herstellung elektronischer Textilien und geschneiderter tragbarer Technologie zum Einsatz kommen. Diese waren die letzten 13 Jahre Teil meiner künstlerischen Praxis.

    Ich verbringe meinen Tag damit elektronische Textilien zu fertigen und stelle mir dabei vor was diese Technlogie, getragen auf unseren Körpern, uns ermöglichen wird zu fühlen, zu kommunizieren, zu werden.

    Als eine Entdeckerin neuer Materialien erschaffe ich weiche Stromkreise und textile Sensoren, die ich online auf „How to get what you want“ und „ A-Kit-Of-No-Parts“ dokumentiere, in der Hoffnung, dass ich andere inspiriere mich bei dieser materiellen Praxis zu unterstützen.

    Ausgangspunkte meiner Arbeit variieren von offenen spielerischen Erkundungen von Materialien/Werkzeugen/Techniken um interessante Narrative zu entdecken und diverse Wege zu entdecken Dinge zu tun (wie das aufwändige Handbesticken von Schaltkreisen auf ein Trauerkleid um über mögliche Zukünfte zu reden), bis zu Aufträgen mit dem Ziel Probleme zu lösen und konkrete Ideen zu realisieren ( wie z.B. das Entwickeln haltbarer Verbindungen fester und weicher Materialien, Isolierungen, Sensor- und Motordesign).

    Ob ich erkunde oder Probleme löse, ich suche dabei direkte handfeste Begegnungen mit den Materialien der Elektronik. Materialien, die aufgrund ihrer Fähigkeit elektrischen Strom zu leiten, zu widerstehen, zu isolieren, zu speichern oder zu generieren, in der Lage sind das auszumachen, was wir als Elektronik verstehen. Ich fühle mich zu dieser interaktiven Art des Dialogs hingezogen, weil es mir erlaubt mehr meiner körperlichen Sensoren (Gefühle) und Motoren (Antreiber) in einem dialogartigen Echtzeit- Austausch zu benutzen.

    Es gibt die Vorstellung, dass die Technologien der Zukunft komplett von Maschinen und einem „Handwerk der Gewissheit/Beständigkeit“ (workmanship of certainty) konstruiert sein werden.

    Mich zieht es zu dem anderen Ende des Spektrums, zu dem, was Möbeldesigner und Designtheortiker David Pye als „Handwerk des Risikos“ (workmanship of risk) beschreibt. Wie unsicher, wie intim, wie chaotisch, wie physisch und gemeinschaftlich verbunden können wir mit dem Material der Elektronik werden?

    >> https://media.ccc.de/v/Camp2019-10375-make_your_tech_and_wear_it_too#t=560

    Eintritt frei!

    Samstag und Sonntag könnt ihr in einem Nähworkshop mit Hannah Werkzeugtaschen nähen und sie mit einem Licht, Nadelkissen, Magneten und anderen praktischen Dingen versehen.
    >> http://wsp.plusea.at/dinapouch-workshop/

    [symbolic artefact: sock puppets]


    with humans
    with materials
    with places

    [artefact: book, paper]

    0000 | THEORY / BOOKS

    Critical Fabulations
    Sitching Worlds

    [actual object: Seasonal Sensors]

    2019 |

    to show: glove, fingers……
    flickr set
    Absurd Musical Interfaces

    [symbolic object: ETextile Trash]

    2019 | ETextile Waste

    Closing the Loop?
    Nutrition Facts

    [actual object: poly leggings]

    2019 | Polymerization for a Publication | by The Counter Chemists

    tie-poly process video >>
    CCC camp talk >> https://ftp.fau.de/cdn.media.ccc.de/events/camp2019/h264-hd/camp19-10375-eng-deu-Make_Your_Tech_and_Wear_It_Too_hd.mp4
    website >>
    collaboration (with materials, with people, with institutions, with systems)

    [actual object: candle]

    2019 | Capturing Process

    Flickr Sets, YouTube, GitHub
    documentation as storytelling
    Field Recordings
    Dear KOBA letters
    Rule #8
    Getting Lost and Unlearning Certainty
    stop-motion animation >>

    4 Things:
    i’m following you
    my stories are yours as well
    struggle to transition between abstract and tangible
    getting lost and the value of community in any making process

    [symbolic objet: rock]

    2018 | Crocheteering – a tale of fishy innovation

    video: underwater crochet

    An Underwater Studio Practice
    DiNaCon >> https://www.dinacon.org/

    [actual object: Lulu swatch]

    2018 | Lulu | by KOBAKANT and Maurin Donneaud

    proposal post

    [photo: KOBA shop]

    2018 | KOBA | by KOBAKANT

    [symbolic object: some nature, pot of water]

    2017 | Human Nature | by KOBAKANT

    project page >> https://www.kobakant.at/?p=1107
    video: performance at PIFcamp
    flickr set >>
    PIFcamp >> http://pif.camp/

    [actual object: apron-jacket]

    2017 | Our Wearable Manifesto(s)


    [symbolic object: audio breakout]

    2017 | In the woods…. | by KOBAKANT and Montessori place

    project page >> https://www.kobakant.at/?p=1068
    video >>
    flickr set >>

    [actual object: PCB LED necklace]

    2016 | Blurred Boundaries

    materials & aesthetics – what appeals to whome?

    [actual object: ohmHook without crochet hook or just crochet hook]

    2016 | ohmHook

    early prototype(s)
    making of, flickr set >>

    [actual object: manoeuvrable fur]

    2016 | Anatomy of a Pin

    manoeuvrable fur
    dangerous fur
    pin sensors
    pin silicone motion
    The Headless Pin (xrays)

    [symbolic object: popcorn]

    2015 | A Wearable Studio Practice

    MADA (open popcorn and pass around)
    video (poem)

    [actual object: one swatch page]

    2013,14,15,16,17 | E-Textile Swatch Exchange

    ETextile Summercamp (photo album)
    video: swatchbook demo

    [ETextile Summercamp photo album]

    2011 – ongoing ETextile Summercamp | Mika Satomi

    video 2013

    [actual object: woven fabric]

    2012 | Involving The Machines | by KOBAKANT

    ITM Collection

    [symbolic object: textile speaker]

    2012 | The Crying Dress | by KOBAKANT

    “Where we want electronic textile crafts to go”
    background story: Exquisite Electronics Era
    flickr set
    demo: textile speaker

    [actual object: glove]

    2012 | Gloves Project | Mimu gloves

    website, video
    DIY gloves

    [symbolic object: parts taken apart]

    2011 | A Kit-of-No-Parts

    master thesis
    taking parts apart


    2009- ongoing | Teaching

    Workshops >> http://www.howtogetwhatyouwant.at/?cat=303
    KOBA Tailor School
    Textile Sensor
    Custom Interfaces
    ETextile Technique – Swatchbook

    fff (Kunst Uni Linz)
    Fashionable Technologies (Kunst Uni Linz)
    Materials of Electronics (CIID)

    workshops as invitation to participate

    [actual object: textile sensor]
    2009- ongoing | How To Get What You Want | by KOBAKANT

    website >> http://www.howtogetwhatyouwant.at/
    open source, access to knowledge & inspiration

    [symbolic object: collar circuit prototype]

    2008 – 2012 | The Perfect Human Performance | by KOBAKANT

    webpage >> https://www.kobakant.at/?p=29
    playlist >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d78QtgSxf2Y&list=PL58F56D06F75D8782

    [symbolic object: game controller, massage oil]

    2006 | Massage me | by KOBAKANT

    video >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZSxrIDiDFc
    website >> http://www.kobakant.at/massage-me/
    Flickr sets:
    making-of >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157613258598841
    at ARS >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157613258712841
    all >> https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=massage%20me&user_id=64586501%40N00&album_search=1&view_all=1

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