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Wearable Futures: Hybrid Culture in the design and development of smart clothes and soft technology

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Date: 14 – 16 September 2005
Website: http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures.html
Location: wales

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*APOLOGIES FOR CROSS POSTING*

WEARABLE FUTURES: HYBRID CULTURE IN THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF SOFT TECHNOLOGY

14 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2005, UNIVERSITY OF WALES, NEWPORT, WALES, UK

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE DEADLINE – 31st July

£275 – 10% discount for Textile Institute Members on standard fees only

£75 – Concessionary Fee pp (Artists, Arts Organisations and Students ´ places limited)

£50 – Conference dinner

REGISTRATION FEE AFTER – 31st July

£345 – 10% discount for Textile Institute Members on standard fees only

£95 – Concessionary Fee pp (Artists, Arts Organisations and Students ´ places limited)

£50 – Conference dinner

For Bookings : http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures.html

For Conference Queries : Contact: Kay Bosanko-Sheady

kay@bosanko-sheady.fsnet.co.uk

Conference Details

This two day International conference will aim to contextualise the future potential of Wearable Technologies in a variety of fields ranging from military application to fine art. Wearable Futures is an interdisciplinary conference, which aims to bring together practitioners, inventors, and theorists in the field of soft technology and wearables including those concerned with fashion, textiles, sportswear, interaction design, media and live arts, medical textiles, wellness, perception and psychology, IPR, polymer science, nanotechnology, military, and other relevant research strands. We will be examining how some broad generic questions will be explored in relation to wearable technology including but not restricted to: aesthetics and design, function and durability versus market forces; the desires, needs and realities of wearable technologies; technology and culture; simplicity and sustainability; design for wearability; wearables as theatre and wearables as emotional ‘tools’. http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures.html#top

Keynote Speakers

Suzanne Lee, Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, Fashion Consultant and author of Fashioning the Future pub Thames and Hudson Sept 2005. http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures_keynote.html#Suzanne

Joanna Berzowska, Artist and Assistant Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures_keynote.html#Joanna

Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, Lecturer, Curator and Writer. Co Author of Techno Textiles, SportsTech and Techno Textiles2 pub 2005. http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures_keynote.html#Sarah

Chris Baber University of Birmingham, Reader in Interactive Systems Design, in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, at The University of Birmingham.

http://artschool.newport.ac.uk/smartclothes/wearablefutures_keynote.html#Chris

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

University of Wales, PDR, Cardiff’s Metropolitan University, SCAN, Selvedge Magazine, The Textile Institute, ASF Weave, Arts Council of Wales.

CONFERENCE ORGANISERS

The event has been organised by Smart Clothes Wearable Technology Research Group, University of Wales, Newport and PDR, University of Wales Institute Cardiff. In association with SCAN (Southern Collaborative Arts Network) & consultant Jane Harris.

University of Wales, Newport

Using smart textiles, micro-technologies and new manufacturing techniques the ïSmart Clothes and Wearable Technologyï research group aim to develop innovative clothing. From end user needs to commercial realities, fabric performance to human ergonomics. Our research will acknowledges the multidisciplinary nature of smart clothing, encouraging academic and commercial collaboration.

PDR

The National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR) is a world-renowned centre for innovation, design engineering, prototyping, agile manufacture, market feasibility and support. We have combined leading edge research, the latest technology and award winning staff to provide practical, commercial solutions to industry for over ten years.

SCAN

The South Coast Arts Network (SCAN) is the new media arts agency in the South of England with a commitment to the delivery and facilitation of collaborative projects and initiatives using emergent technologies and practices. Working on a membership and partnership basis, SCAN brings individuals and organisations together to share resources in the realisation of high quality projects and experimental initiatives.

Jane Harris

Jane Harris is a Senior Research Fellow with the Fashion and Textile department at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. http://www.researchatcsm.com/janeharris/

Review Committee:

Chris Baber, Reader, University of Birmingham

Joanna Berzowska, Assistant Professor, University in Montreal

Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, Author & Lecturer

Julia Cassim, Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Art

Andrew Chetty, Arts Consultant

Carole Collet, Director Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Anne Farren, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Joan Farrer, Reader, Royal college of Art

Linda Fredericks, Director, ASF Weave

Frances Geesin, Research Fellow, London College of Fashion

Rory Hamilton, Interactive Design, Royal college of Art

Jane Harris, Senior Research Fellow, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Ros Hibbert, Textile Consultant

Andrew Hutchison, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

James Lamont, Innovation Team Leader, Adidas, Germany

Suzanne Lee, Senior Research Fellow, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Alan Lewis, Director of Research, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Jane McCann, Director of Smart Clothes & Wearable Technology, University of Wales, Newport

Cliff Randell, Research Associate , University of Bristol

Stephen Scrivener, Research Professor, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Mick Siddons, Consultant, CR8ive Solutions Ltd

Helen Sloan, Director, SCAN

David Smith, Reader, University of Wales, Newport

Sally Cowan, Garment and Textile Consultant

Emma Posey, Director, Bloc

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SAND 2005 – Swansea Animation Days

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Date: 21 – 26 November 2005
Website: www.sand.org.uk
Location: wales

Outline:

Welcome to the sixth international CGI extravaganza!

SAND 2005 – Swansea Animation Days

With animation screenings from around the world, conference sessions on games, films, post-production techniques, medical and scientific visualisation, mocap, professional sector workshops and business seminars, SAND 2005 is packed full of treats for CG enthusiasts.

Based on the convergence of people, technologies and ideas using CGI, this wholly unique event has brought you DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Blitz Games, Glassworks London, Primal Pictures and Sony Entertainment. Come to SAND 2005 to meet even more digital legends – a week of spectacular innovation and stimulation.

SAND events are organised by the School of Digital Media, Swansea Institute.

Further information from sand@sihe.ac.uk or visit the website on www.sand.org.uk

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