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Artful Spark presentation, Furtherfield, London

On 15th of September Tincuta Heinzel made a presentation of "An Internet of Soft Things" project in the frame of Artful Spark, Furtherfield, London.   [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/28022883@N06/21335148310/[/embed] Artful Spark is a new series of quarterly events facilitating better communication and collaboration between creative technologists and arts/media professionals* Artful Spark is not a sales pitch or a soapbox, but a way for people who might not know about projection mapping or haptic controllers to see technologies demo’d and discuss their potential for new ways of telling stories and making experiences. The speakers demonstrate technologies - from how to turn them on to talking about their capabilities for creative content. They’ll also talk about their own projects and be frank about the hurdles they’ve encountered along the way. For the inaugural event Artful Spark focused on Wearable Tech. SPEAKERS INCLUDED: Rachel Freire is a clothing designer and leather specialist working across multiple disciplines of fashion, film and stage. She is textile developer for the Mi Mu Gloves: http://mimugloves.com/ Zoe Philpott, Creator of Ada.Ada.Ada, a new show about Ada Lovelace which combines interactive theatre, science lecture, and wearable technology: http://adatheshow.com/ Tine Bech, professional artist and researcher (PhD), uses technology to create large scale public artworks, interactive spaces, and participatory games that engage people into play and participation: http://www.tinebech.com/ Tincuta Heinzel is an artist, designer and curator interested in the relationship between arts and technosciences. Currently she is a research fellow at Nottingham Trent University in the frame of "An Internet of Soft Things" project. http://aninternetofsoftthings.com/ ...more

Engineer it!

Engineer it! Introducing the potentials of technology to school pupils. We were delighted to be ask to present the project to pupils from several different schools around the Nottingham city area. The Engineer it! day was aimed for year 9 students to experience what university study life involves with a particular focus on design and technology courses. Along with the presentation given, workshops were ran both in the morning and afternoon by NTU under-graduate students and staff from the Design and Technology course.         Save ...more

FutureScan 11-12 November 2015

Members of the project team, led by Amanda Briggs-Goode, will be presenting at FutureScan 3 in November at Glasgow School of Art. Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities 11th – 12th November 2015 The Glasgow School of Art, UK ...more

The Sackler Conference at the V&A

In June, Sarah was invited to present at the Sackler Conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The theme of the conference was Art, Design and New Technology for Health and was an excellent forum for us to share the project. A full line up of speakers can be seen here. ...more

Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference 2015

We'll be at the Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference 2015 again this year. Health, Disability and Education Dates: Thursday 22 October 2015 - Friday 23 October 2015 Location: The Council House, Nottingham NG1 2DT ...more

Critical Alternatives conference Aarhus 2015

We were delighted to be invited to take part in two workshops as part of the critical alternatives conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Both workshops provided an opportunity to share experiences of research with others and establish new connections and future collaborative opportunities.   workshop one Monday 17th August: Embodying embodied design research techniques  This workshop provided researchers interested in embodied design research to share methods and approaches used to capture embodied experiences. Each participant took turns in discussing their techniques via research probes which was previously requested by the facilitators to bring in as a means of communicating your method. This provided an interesting challenge for many of us that took part as some embodied methods involved large scale props. Alternatives needed to be considered and brought instead for each participant to experience. Discussions took place after every demonstration and similarities in approaches and thinking were gathered to identify possible collaborative opportunities. As a result the participants were team up in a mash up session with those who shared similar approaches or could benefit from each other. This session continued with the pairings exploring each other's processes in an effort to combine and develop a new method. Each pair later presented to the rest of the group about how they considered combining their approaches and demonstrated this by re-enacting what they had done. By the afternoon a further mash up was encouraged with other members and the process was repeated again, this time with others with slightly different approaches which was interesting to experience how to now a number of approaches into a effective method. The workshop enabled the participants to consider how to engage others in their methods. Some of these methods had to be experience by those taking part. In addition to this, by adding in other methods this created a further challenge as to how to communicate this to the group with so many aspects to consider. The workshop enabled those involved to experience those challenges and consider ways in which to overcome them. As a result this has demonstrated the potential for a further workshop to reflect on those experiences and consider new approaches to communicating embodied design research. [gallery size="medium" ids="513,514,515"] For the full publication please follow the link below Evidencing embodied participatory design ...more

Access to Mental Health – Kings Fund event 8th September 2015

We will have a stand at the Kings Fund event, Increasing Access to Mental Health Care on Tuesday 8th September in London. See full details here. Isabel Jones and Geoffrey Fielding of Salamanda Tandem and the project's advisory board will attend on behalf of the project and show the three films they made with participants from Bassetlaw Mind reflecting on experiences with the first workshop phase of the project. ...more

welcome to new RA – Ania Sadkowska

We are very pleased to welcome a new addition to the team - Ania Sadkowska is writing up her PhD in the School of Art and Design at NTU, specialising in phenomenological approaches to men's fashion. On the Internet of Soft Things project, she will help us to develop service design and participatory design tools for working with mental health communities, while sensitive to the balance of participant empowerment and expectations. Ania's student profile can be seen here. ...more

Phase 2 – Textile Residency

The second phase of the project is concerned with scaling up both the physical size of the e-textile things, and the network they are part of. We invited three textile artists to work with us for four days 14-18 June 2015 in the textile studio in the Bonington building at Nottingham Trent University. Sara Robertson, Lorna Smith and Joanne Hodge joined the textile and interaction design practitioners on the research team to explore advanced textile qualities and scenarios of use in An Internet of Soft Things. Sara brought with her a swatch book from one of the previous Paillard e-textile summer camps, which was fantastic to see, and she and Tincuta both attended the camp in July following this residency. ...more

e-Textile summer camp 2015

Tincuta Heinzel recently attended the e-Textile summer camp at Paillard in France, including her emerging collaborative work with the ATRG (Advanced Textile Research Group) at NTU in the swatch book, and presenting the Internet of Soft Things project. Tincuta's development of explorative electronic textile components is an important aspect of the project, examining robustness issues as well as translation between form and material. ...more