25_31 OCTOBER 2005

The era of garments, furniture and buildings designed as static and predefined objects (with short expiration dates) is drawing to an end. Fashion and architecture are on the verge of becoming dynamic, semi-permeable membranes open to the diverse surroundings enveloping the human body.

The Soft-wear symposium, workshop and open lab will offer a glimpse into the world of active materials that form the foundation of these novel design paradigms. Soft-wear is a place where electronics meets the traditional crafts of weaving, dyeing and knitting fibres and threads, to produce materials that can respond to touch, temperature, light and other external stimuli.

They are used as tangible interfaces and displays for fashion, architecture, design, performance and other forms of contemporary creative expression, where the edge between materials and media rapidly dissolves.

Bite Size Symposium, 25 October 2005

14.00 – 15.30 Joanna Berzowska
15.30 – 16.30 Rachel Wingfield
16.45 – 17.45 Carole Collet
17.45 – 18.45 Jenny Tillotson
18.45 – 19.45 Margot Jacobs

Bite Size Symposium, 26 October 2005
FoAM Lab

17.00 – 18.00 Maria Blaise
18.00 – 19.00 Sabine Seymour

Workshop, 25-31 October 2005
FoAM Lab

Workshop leaders: Joanna Berzowska and Rachel Wingfield
11.00 – 20.00 Technical tutorials, hands-on sessions, group experiments

Open Lab, 31 October 2005
FoAM Lab

17.00 – 20.00 Public experiments with active materials