Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Workshop with intelligent textiles

At the occasion of Kulturnat (culture's night), the Copenhagen IT University is organising an introductory workshop for intelligent textiles. If you want to sew your own soft circuit or play with heat-sensitive colors, that's the place to be on the 12th of october 2012.  No prerequisite is required other than curiosity!


DesignLab at the IT University of Copenhagen between 18:00 and 23:00 for Kulturenat on the 12th October 2012.

Further info

Monday, 3 September 2012

PhD courses in Denmark

A new website for PhD courses in Denmark was launched first September 2012 to provide a better overview of the many PhD courses the Danish universities offer individually and in cooperation with each other. I thought I would just mention it to you, though it is not dedicated to design research especially. However, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation ( KADK) will soon upload information about its own courses. For instance, it can be a good place to source academic writting  if not topic related trainings.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Assistant Professor of Art in Emerging Practices Design

Stanford University -Department of Art & Art History

A nice teaching opportunity that may be of interest for some of you to spread the textile vibe?

The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University seeks to make an appointment of a new emerging practices/designer working at the intersection of contemporary art and design at the tenure track level of Assistant Professor. Prospective candidates might create works of art/design in areas such as social structures, community collaborations, interventionist strategies, architecture, interaction design, future technologies, relational aesthetics, environmental remediation, alternative economies, or other emerging areas of contemporary art and design practice.

Candidates should hold an MFA degree, and also should have exceptional credentials as an artist, designer and experience as a teacher at a college level, demonstrating an extensive familiarity with contemporary emerging media in art and design. The successful candidate will have a distinguished body of work and an accomplished public interaction/exhibition record. He or she will have a genuine commitment to teaching design at both the graduate and undergraduate level and will have a global perspective on the role of design and contemporary art. He or she will be prepared to build a curriculum that will reflect that perspective.
The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in Stanford's art practice program, working with both undergraduate and graduate students, and to provide leadership as the Department of Art & Art History's representative in the Stanford Joint Program in Design, a collaborative graduate program with Stanford's Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Application deadline: October 15, 2012. Please send a letter of introduction and curriculum vitae to Chair, Emerging Practices Design Search Committee, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2018. No electronic submissions will be accepted. For further information, please click Apply Online below.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.

Source: www.jobs.ac.uk

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Textile Futures PhDs' community is growing

Most of us are currently writting up or about to defend their PhD, which explains why the blog is fairly silent these days. Yet the Textile Futures PhD's community is growing slowly but surely. The last edition of the MA Textile Futures' catalogue is celebrating this expansion by introducing some of its former students currently engaged in doctoral research accross UK and Scandinavia around the federating topic of future sustainable materiality.

Discover  Lærke Hooge Andersen, Berit Greinke, Marin Sawa and Aurélie Mossé's researches in the 2012's catalogue pp.10-11.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Textile Futurs' Materiality

On the 10th of May, I will have the pleasure to present TFRC's research as part of the seminar series 'Matérialité' organised by LACTH, the Conception, Territory & History research lab of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage of Lille.

The presentation entitled 'Textiles futurs: Imaginer, matérialiser un nouveau paysage architectural' will showcase TFRC's research related to textile architecture & sustainable design including Marin Sawa, Jane Scott, Carole Collet's research as well as my own practice.  The lecture will be in French.

For further details: http://www.lille.archi.fr/

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Digital Play - 3rd May - Munich

By the use of more and more complex building automation and communication technologies architecture increasingly turns into adaptive systems, which react to the environment and the user. Architects and designers have to use these technologies also as a design medium and develop a digital sensuality which is more than the simulation of our physical environment.

At the occasion of the launch of the book Digital Utopia, We-are-plan-A is organising an evening talk at the Technical University of Munich entitled Digital Play. Together with´Fabian Hemmert (Design Research Lab, Berlin), Conny Freyer (Troika, London) and Dr. Silke Claus (bayern design), I will address the playful and sensual experiences and possibilites offered by digital technologies.

 This evening is the last of a total of 4-part series of events linked to the publicaiton of "Digital Utopia - On dynamic architectures, digital sensuality and spaces of tomorrow" to be released in May 2012 by the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Persistent Modelling Seminar

 Wednesday 2 May 2012, 10h-16h30
Marking the publication of the title Persistent Modelling by Routledge, edited by Phil Ayres, this seminar draws together members of CITA and current CITA collaborators who have contributed to the book.

The seminar will examine and discuss the relationship between representation and the represented through the notion of persistent modelling. This notion is not novel to the activity of architectural design if considered as describing an iterative engagement with design concerns – and evident characteristic of architectural practice. But the persistence in persistent modelling can also be understood to apply in other ways, reflecting and anticipating extended roles for representation.

Drawing upon both historical and contemporary perspectives this seminar will discuss ways in which the relation between representation and the represented have, and continue to be, reconsidered. Through the presentations three principle areas will be identified in which extended roles for representation are becoming apparent within contemporary practices contributing to realisation of the built environment:
  • the duration of active influence that representation can hold in relation to the represented
  • the means, methods and media through which representations are constructed and used
  • what it is that is being represented 
 In addition, this seminar will provide critical insight into the use of contemporary modelling tools and methods together with an examination of the implications their use has within the territories of architectural design, realisation and experience.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture
Auditorium 3
Philip de Langes Alle 10
1435 Copenhagen

Phil Ayres (CITA)
Sarat Babu (Bartlett, UCL)
Prof. Mark Burry (SIAL, RMIT)
Dr. Rachel Cruise (University of Sheffield)
Paul Nicholas (CITA)
Brady Peters (CITA)
Martin Tamke (CITA)
Prof. Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (CITA)

The seminar programme can be found here.
This is a public event, all are welcome.
Please register by email to phil.ayres@kadk.dk

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sustainable Fashion Debate: From Awareness to Action

Next week, I'll be taking part in a panel discussion exploring sustainable fashion.

This event is hosted by MA Fashion & the Environment Students and the panel includes Amisha Ghadiali, Rbecca Attwood, Julia Drew, Katelyn Toth-Fejel and Anna-Maria Hesse charred by Tasmin Omond.

To reserve a place contact globalvslocal@gmail.com

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Lego as research assistants

 Methodology is key to research and it can also be a ground for innovation. I can´t prevent myself from sending you this  link about a research project challenging traditional scientific protocols by using Lego as lab assistants.  I wonder if I could appropriate the method for my thesis writting-up :) Maybe it will be equally inspiring to you?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Where Art, Technology and Design meet

Some of the most exciting papers from the Ambience 11 Conference are now available in the last issue of Studies in Material Thinking, a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to artistic and design research. This special issue explores the intersection between art, design and teechnology, with a strong focus on the design of intelligent textiles. TFRC is well represented with publications from Carole Collet, Jane Scott and Aurélie Mossé. The journal is of free access so feel free to find out more about these exciting textile projects:

An Interactive Textile Hanging: Textile, Context, and Interaction
Delia Dumitrescu, Hanna Landin and Anna Vallgårda

BioLace: An Exploration of the Potential of Synthetic Biology and Living Technology for Future Textiles
Carole Collet

Listener: A Probe Into Information Based Material Specification
Mette Ramsgard Thomsen and Ayelet Karmon

Working Patches
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl

I Mirabilia, taking care of the emotional life of hospitalised children
Erika Rossi, Gillian Crampton Smith and Philip Tabor

Towards Interconnectivity: Appropriation of Responsive Minimum Energy Structures in an Architectural Context
Aurélie Mossé, David Gauthier and Guggi Kofod

Knitting Moves: Bio-inspired Transformable Textiles for knitted Architecture
Jane Scott

Textiles: Alternative Forms of Malleability
Rhett Russo and Katrin Mueller-Russo

Wearable Technologies: From Performativity to Materiality
Valérie Lamontagne

Aura: Wearable Devices for Non-verbal Communication between Expectant Parents
Marco Righetto, Gillian Crampton Smith and Philip Tabor

Monday, 19 March 2012

Fashion & Textile UK research students networking

This is the fifth year of the association’s annual event to support and provide active networking opportunities for UK M Phil and Ph D students engaged in fashion and/or textiles and fashion and textile related research.

•    The next event will be held on Wednesday 2 May 2012  at BIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art & Design), BCU (Birmingham City University)

•    Each participant will be allocated 10 minutes for a power point presentation to introduce your research and facilitate discussion.

•    It’s a great opportunity to network and develop research synergies.

•    You are eligible to attend from enrolment to one year on following completion. 

•    This is a free event contributing to the Fashion & Textile Courses Association’s support for emerging researchers.   A light lunch and refreshments will be provided courtesy of BIAD.

   To book, you need to submit an abstract by the 25th of april. For further details, please get in touch with  marlene.little@bcu.ac.uk

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Sustainability and Innovation in the Fashion Field - call for paper

 May you be interested in contributing in the area of 'Sustainability and Innovation in the Fashion Field' please consider this call forwarded by The Nordic Textile Journal for their 2012 issue.

 The Nordic Textile Journal brings together interesting results of research in design, textile- and design management, technology and craft. The journal is issued once a year by the Centre for Textile Research, CTF, at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås. The Nordic Textile Journal welcomes research based articles which may be of a scientific or artistic character and report novel achievements or directions in research, exhibition techniques, artistic communications etc. We also welcome articles based on research related reports from conferences, interviews, reviews of books, news and upcoming events. An academic committee reviews the articles in a semi-blind reviewing process to ensure a good academic standard.

The 2012 issue will focus on Sustainability and Innovation in the Fashion Field. A theme which is an important part in one of the two strong R&D programs at the Swedish School of Textiles, F:3 (Fashion, Function, Futures). This program aims to develop new knowledge on the constituents of the textile value chain and the special characteristics of the fashion industry with an important focus on sustainability.

 Deadline: 31 May 2012 

Free access publication
The journal will be published electronically, with free access, six months after the publication date of the printed issue. The electronic version will be published in BADA (Borås Academic Digital Archive) http://bada.hb.se/.
Guidelines - articles
- Submitted article manuscripts should be original articles, written in English. They must not be published in the same form earlier or submitted for publication elsewhere.
- The text should be submitted in two copies: one editable copy and one non editable copy in appropriate file formats.
- Photos and other images should be supplied as separate files in an appropriate file format.
- It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the required approval from all the parts involved:
authors, photographers, artists and others.
- There is no page limit specified for contributions, but it is recommended that the material is
presented in a form that is succinct and attractive to read.
- An abstract of no more than 250 words should be supplied as well as 5 essential subject keywords.
- A biography of 3-5 sentences for each author should be supplied as a separate file.
- References should be in Harvard style (the “name-year system”):

For further details, please get in touch with 
Katrin Tijburg

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Interaction Design Programme, Application process opened at CIID

 My colleagues at CIID, Copenhagen,  are looking for students to start their Interaction Design Programme in January 2013. This is a unique inspiring and creative environment where textile designers interested in future textiles, smart materials, new technologies, cross-disciplinary design and obviously interaction design could really bring much to the course.

If you are interested please see further details below and on CIID's website.

There is a rolling deadline but students applying before March 2nd will be given priority.

What CIID Looks For
As an education concerned with the broad potential of design and technology, the Interaction Design Programme is looking for a wide diversity of students. We welcome applicants from all over the world and from any background.

You should be curious and creative; enthusiastic about design and working in a cross-disciplinary environment. Whether you're currently studying or working, you should be interested in the connections between education and interaction design practice. We plan to have a class of up to 25 students.

To apply for the Interaction Design Programme, you must have a prior university or college undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) and submit an application and other supporting documentation. Qualified applications will be invited for a phone interview, after which we will make our final selections.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Perspectives on future sustainable design

Come and join us for this exciting TFRC research event at the occasion of Central Saint Martins' Green week on the 6th of February. Further details on TFRC's  blog.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Out of Control - 8th International Conference on Design & Emotion

London 11–14 September 2012

The organising committee of the 8th International Conference on Design & Emotion is very pleased to invite you to participate in this event. This conference is a forum held every other year where practitioners, academics and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion.

We are looking for researchers, academics and practitioners to submit proposals.

Conference Topic
While Design &Emotion is the overarching focus of the conference–allowing us to consider all aspects of the relationship between human experience and design understood in its widest senses–the theme this year is "Out of Control".

For a number of years, uncertainty, crisis and chaos have been keywords describing the experience of many of us. A world driven by uncertainty, crisis and chaos demands different responses from design (as a community, a practice and a process). On one hand we can mitigate against these designing systems which can withstand, or manage, the challenges they produce. Here there is a focus upon design as a "problem solving" activity. On the other, we can use them as springboards to a creative future. In this way, design as "opportunity mapping" becomes important.

We would like to encompass both of these approaches to design and to examine how they impact upon, or are generated by, the whole spectrum of human emotion experienced at the macro (socio-cultural), micro (personal), meta (philosophical), processural (methodological) and strategic levels.

This conference is open to any theoretical, empirical or methodological work on Design & Emotion and we are particularly interested in receiving papers from researchers, academics and practitioners in the following topic areas (though they are by no means exhaustive and other work relevant to the theme will be considered):

Socially Responsive/
Responsible Design
Design for Behavioural Change
Design & Space/Environment
Design for Digital Media
Corporate Social

Design & Identity
Design & Well-Being
(incl. food, healthcare & love)
Design & Illusion,
Fake & Fraud
User Experience
(inc. Human Factors & HCI)
Experience Design

Design without Emotion
Design, Affect & the Materiality of Experience
Design, Magic & Enchantment

Research Methodologies
Theoretical Foundations
Empirical Approaches

Design & the Future (foresight/trends)
Designing Services Business Experience Branding

1 February 2012 -Papers & Case Study submissions
1 May 2012 -Workshops/Masterclasses submissions

Further details on the conference website