A Narrative of An Internet of Soft Things – ArcIntex Network Conference 2015
This year we were extremely excited to be the next host for the the ArcInTex Network Conference. This was a packed week of 3 day and 1 day workshops and a 2 day symposium held between Nottingham Trent University and Antenna Nottingham.
Our theme ‘Narratives of An Internet of Soft Things’ was aimed to bring together the ArcInTex research community interested in smart textiles, with our project ‘An Internet of Soft Things’ to explore the use of personal narratives in therapeutic practices, and the potential offered by environments augmented with smart textiles to enable new ways of creating, sharing and accessing stories.
Workshops were run by practitioners from various disciplines and provided an exciting and cross-collaborative atmosphere. The outcomes of the workshops were exhibited as part of the symposium at Antenna Nottingham, where delegates could discuss further possibilities and collaborative opportunities. The workshops held at Bonnington included themes around colour change print, designing with e-textiles and teaching of e-textiles. Similar at Antenna, we ran 1 day workshops called ‘phenomenological methods within the design process’ and ‘crafting meaning, making senses’.
We were thrilled to have such a range of interesting speakers including to name a few Professor Tilak Dias who discussed the research work currently undertaken at Advanced Textiles Research Group and Mike Starbuck on global drivers for textile innovation and David Murphy on person-centred approach.
This event was a fantastic opportunity to share information about the research project and for ourselves to work collaboratively with others.
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