Tuesday 12pm, 15 March 2016

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eTextiles, "smart" Fibers and Interactive Electronics: Past, Present and Futures

Hannah Perner-Wilson & Adrian Freed

Artist-in-Residence | Research Director - Instructables | CNMAT UC Berkeley


In this conversation/demonstration we will touch on the long history of connections between fiber, textile arts and engineering and electronics, give perspective on each other's work and by looking at emerging practice point to new opportunities with particular focus on materials, sound and interactivity.


Hannah Perner-Wilson combines conductive materials and craft techniques, developing new styles of building electronics that emphasize materiality and process. She received a BA in Industrial Design from the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and an MA in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where she was a student in the High-Low Tech research group. Recent projects she has contributed to include the award-winning mi-mu glove, interactive membranes for the EU Metabody project.

Adrian Freed has pioneered many new applications of mathematics, electronics and computer science to audio, music and media production tools including the earliest Graphical User Interfaces for digital sound editing, mixing and processing. His recent work is centered around whole body interaction, gesture signal processing, and terrascale integration of data from wearable and built environment sensor/actuator systems employing electrotextiles and other emerging materials.