This course focuses on wearable and ‘soft’ computing as a vehicle for subversion and artistic appropriation. Readings emphasize theoretical discourse on the relationships of the body, technology, fashion, social interactions and environment. Concepts are developed, designed and prototyped into working pieces by participants addressing personal expression and social dialog. Soft circuits (conductive paint, fabric, etc), new and recycled materials are explored in the development of expressive computational forms.


Students are best served by attending all classes. Three or more unexcused absences will result in an incomplete or a grade of “no credit.” Two unexcused late arrivals or early departures are the equivalent to missing one class. Attendance at Final Critiques on December 10 and December 15 are mandatory. Speak with the instructor if you have any questions or concerns about attendance.


Students are required to complete all weekly assignments and to present substantial work in final projects for critique at the end of the term. Each student needs to create an account at https://wearablesandsoftcomputing.wordpress.com which will be the course community website and blog. It will be used to post any assignments, projects and documentation as well as research and techniques. All assignments are due at the beginning of class as they will be discussed first thing.

There are weekly assignments for blog postings. Active participation in both the reading discussions and blog is required to receive credit for this class.

The readings for this course will be either delivered in class or found online. Some readings will support the technical component of the course, while other readings will be used as the basis of class discussion regarding critical issues of digital art and culture. Additional suggested readings can be found on the class website.


The class kit for this course is divided into 2 parts and must be purchased at the resale center.

Kit includes:

Part I: Wearables & Soft Computing Kit   Price: $18.63

–       76 ft Conductive thread

–       1 Needle Set

–       1 ft x 36 inch Velostat ® film

–       1 ft x 22 inch Pure Copper Polyester Taffeta Fabric

–       1 coin cell battery holder

–       2 coin cell battery

–       1 basic breadboard

Part II:   Adafruit Flora Kit   Price: $38.95

–       1 Adafruit Flora Microcontroller

–       1 Polymer Lithium Ion Battery – 500mAh

–       1 Micro Lipo Charger

–       1 USB microB cable

Total Price for both kits: $57.58

Note: students who already have a Lilypad or an Arduino are not required to buy both kits. They only need to purchase Part I of the kit


Students are expected to obtain their own materials for this course as needed for their projects.  Each project will have different supply requirements.  The ability to search for and obtain proper materials is essential to completing a soft computing project. A list of local vendors and online suppliers is found on the class website.


Please note that the syllabus is subject to change.


Extended Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and on time. Any necessary absences should be explained to the instructor. Students who are ill should contact their faculty member or leave a message for the instructor in the department office the day they are absent. For an extended absence due to illness,contact Health Services. Notification is then sent to all instructors informing them of the student’s absence. For other extenuating circumstances contact the Academic Advising office. Please note that the written notification does not excuse a student from classes. The instructor gives students officially enrolled in a course credit only if they have responded adequately to the standards and requirements set. If the instructor does not clarify their requirements and absence policy in the course syllabus,students should ask the instructor. Also note that if a student registers late for a class (during add/drop) the instructor counts the missed classes as absences and the student is responsible for assignments given during those missed days.

Plagiarism Policy
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago prohibits “dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the School” (Students’ Rights and Responsibilities, Student Handbook). Plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft. One plagiarizes when one presents another’s work as one’s own, even if one does not intend to. The penalty for plagiarizing may also result in some loss of some types of financial aid (for example, a No Credit in a course can lead to a loss of the Presidential Scholarship), and repeat offenses can lead to expulsion from the school. To find out more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, use SAIC’s “Avoid Plagiarism – Quick Guide” found under “Guides and Forms” on SAIC’s Academic Advising Page at saic.edu/ lifeatsaic/academicadvising/

Accommodations For Students with Disabilities Statement
SAIC is committed to full compliance with all laws regarding equal opportunities for students with disabilities. Students with known or suspected disabilities, such as a Reading/Writing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and/or a mental health or chronic physical condition who think they would benefit from assistance or accommodations should first contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) by phone at 312.499.4278 or email at http://www.dlrc.saic.edu. DLRC staff will review your disability documentation and work with you to determine reasonable accommodations. They will then provide you with a letter outlining the approved accommodations for you to deliver to all of your instructors. This letter must be presented before any accommodations will be implemented. You should contact the DLRC as early in the semester as possible. The DLRC is located on the 13th floor of 116 S. Michigan Ave.

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