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tisdag 24 april 2012

Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee: 2nd workshop

From 23rd-25th of April, I lead the second workshop the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee together with Berit Greinke, a textile designer and PhD student from Queen Mary university UK.
This second part of the workshop was called "Amplifying Textiles", where Berit introduced use of audio and e-textiles.

On the first day, we explored analog synthesis with e-textiles, by hacking greeting cards and simple sound systh modules. These circuits are then connected with textile sensors to trigger or modulate sound synthesized on this circuits. Many of the students had to start from how to solder.

On second day of this workshop, we explained how e-textile sensors can interface sounds digitally produced from computers. We prepared simple max/msp patch examples to explore.

After the tutorial on the sample software and the use of firmata library, each students started to work on their individual project which uses ideas from what we covered in the first half of the workshop.

Here are some images from the prototyping process:

On third day of the workshop, we had a presentation of the developed prototypes. It was quite astonishing to see such a high quality work coming together in three days.
As many students came from product design background, many projects explored the application of the e-textile interface with audio, rather than material properties. This is an interesting comparison to textile design students who works with e-textile projects.

Marcel developed squeeze interface that controls the pan/volume played back on stereo speakers. He is playing back certain frequency on the speaker (32 Hz), which vibrates the starch blob placed on the speakers. The blob starts to move like living creatures as it gets exposed to the frequency.

Paula developed a series of 3D structure with paper and copper conductive fabric. As she folds the structure, different "path" of the conductive traces touches. This interface is connected with frequency generating max patch creating harmonic tone as she folds it.

Madeleine, Isabella and Helena created pressure sensitive tiles that plays back instrument sounds. The harder you step on it, the faster the play back gets. You can play music by stepping on different tiles. Their plan is to install these tiles on streets.

Esther further developed her sensor fabric from the week before into a garment. The conductive "dots" works as electrodes. As you touch with your hand, it conducts with your body resistance. This interface was connected with analog synthesizer creating "noise" music as she touches her shirts.

So Young, Flora and Leandro made a comical project. As you pull the hair interface, it shouts the voice of pain. When you scratch the nose interface with the feather, it sneezes. And when you tickle the foot, it laughs. It is a simple idea, but works very well. The construction of the interfaces and use of materials are also very nice.

Juri and Claudia turned the greeting card into a shopping bag that reminds you of the shopping list. They have made a very nice promotion video demonstrating how it functions in supermarket.
They have also made another project in this three days. very impressive. Their working process of having an idea to prototyping to realization is very rapid. This is something we can learn from product designers.

Aysel and Alina made this pulling knit interface that plays music. Their idea is this tubes comes out from ground (earth) like strange plants. As you play with it or pull it, it plays back a strange music to you. They also made a very nice movie that illustrates this scenario.

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