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I wear electrified – Nature

Workshop on wearable electronics for a live installation

01.05.2016

The call is closed. The results of the workshop will be presented on 18 June 2016 at the Lighting Guerrilla festival.

Together with members of “ČIPke” initiative we’ll look into the concept of nature as an equal blend of technological, biological and anthropological dimensions.  


We’ll use wearable electronics to make hats for the heads of three techno heroines – wild hags that know how to tackle wild flowers as well as untamed technology. Every hat will endow them with their own unique super power that masters a certain aspect of nature (biological, technological, human). Each technogoddess will have an identity of her own, one that will change when she comes in contact with the other two. They’ll express their special powers through interactions using sound, sensors, LED lights, speakers, microcontrollers and materials that match their characteristics.

 

We’ll use wearable electronics to make hats for the heads of three techno heroines – wild hags that know how to tackle wild flowers as well as untamed technology. Every hat will endow them with their own unique super power that masters a certain aspect of nature (biological, technological, human). Each technogoddess will have an identity of her own, one that will change when she comes in contact with the other two. They’ll express their special powers through interactions using sound, sensors, LED lights, speakers, microcontrollers and materials that match their characteristics.

 

The opening lecture will focus on the basics of hat design. At the first workshop we'll learn how to programme microcontrollers to control sensors and electronic circuits. At the second workshop we’ll furnish three hats with digital and electronic elements.

With the Nature project we want to discuss the importance of the natural in our technologically advanced/developed society. We start from the premise that our perception of nature as a static, balanced and harmonious ecosystem that does not include man or technology is naïve. We can no longer perceive ourselves as anti-natural beings that threaten nature and destroy it, but as catalysers of evolution, for nature changes with us, and an ethical decision is always a part of a relationship. It’s not competition and our fight for survival that define us but co-existence, so we’ll create “wild” software that will promote both independent activity and symbiosis.

Our products will be presented on 18 June 2016 at the Lighting Guerrilla festival.

Photo: Andreja Kranjec

Photo: Andreja Kranjec

 

Project trajectory


11 April 2016, 17:00 – 19:00

Lecture What is a hat?
Mentor: Sanja Grcić
A lecture on hats, which are to become the basic carrier of digital, electronic and light responsive elements.
RogLab, Petkovškovo nabrežje, Ljubljana

 

12–14 April 2016, 17:00 – 21:00

Programming workshop
Mentor: Andrej Zadnik
Learning about microcontroller program code, programming, uploading the code to digital chips.
RAMPA Lab, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana

 

20–22 April 2016, 17:00 – 21:00
Workshop on wearable electronics
Mentor: Lavoslava Benčić
Becoming acquainted with the elements, materials and tools needed to create wearable electronics (e.g. LED-diodes, light-sensitive resistors...), composition of basic electronic circuits and connection to microcontrollers, implementation of circuits in textiles.
RogLab, Petkovškovo nabrežje, Ljubljana

 

 

Registration:

No prior knowledge is required to attend the ČIPke workshop, just bring an inquisitive eye, a curious ear and itchy fingers. All the materials needed for the project will be available at the workshop. We’ll welcome any and all questions, however basic they may be, about electronics, programming and design… The number of participants (women only) is limited to six. Participation in the project is free of charge, but your presence is required at all stages of the process. Submit your registration by 5 April 2016 using this online form. We’ll inform you whether you've been accepted to the team by 8 April.

About the mentors:

 

Lavoslava Benčić is a pedagogue, andragogue, graphic designer, master of media arts and practices as well as an author, mentor and producer of media projects. She has shown and exhibited her work on 71 occasions in 19 countries and has received 12 professional awards for photography, games and a mobile application.

 

Sanja Grcić is co-founder and president of SOTO, society for contemporary textile and clothes design. An internationally recognised fashion designer she is known for her breakthrough in New York with her company Firma by Sanja. Through her work she reflects on developments in society and celebrates the importance of tradition and craftsmanship.

 

Andrej Zadnik is a fan of new technologies and the virtual world. In his free time he creates interactive applications/games, works on 3D animation and interaction between the outside world and the virtual. During his 15-year career as a professor of mathematics and computer science he has accumulated experience in programming (C/C++, C#, NET and similar), design, animation, entrepreneurship and teaching. 

Concept and consultation: Ida Hiršenfelder and Saša Spačal, ČIPke initiative
Technical support: Tomo Per (RogLab)
Producers: Meta Štular (RogLab), Tajša Perović (Rampa Lab)
Hat design and production: Ana Lazovski
Documentation (photography, video): Hana Jošić
Co-produced by: Rampa Lab – Zavod Kersnikova, RogLab – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Lighting Guerrilla – Forum Ljubljana
Support: The workshop is made possible by the Ministry of Culture RS, the Urban Municipality of Ljubljana and the Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD).
Acknowledgements: MakerLab Ljubljana