Class 1: Wed. August 31, 2016

–      Class Introduction: Syllabus, requirements, tools, discussion.

–      What is wearables & soft computing? Fashionable technology & Design – Functional aesthetics – Relation to the body – Social interaction – Material exploration – Interfacing & Programming.

–      Homework:
1. Introductory Blog Post – Introduce yourself as an artist, describe what kind of work you are hoping to do this semester in this class and others, and upload at least one image of your past artwork. Take some time to review the posts of your classmates.

2. Reading homework: Read and post a short response to the blog. Feel free to respond to the posts of your classmates by commenting on their posts as well!

“The Critical Interface” from Garments of Paradise by Susan Elizabeth Ryan

Critical Interface_GarmentsofParadise

3. Purchase class kit and bring to class next Wednesday evening.

Mon, September 5, 2016 – NO CLASS LABOR DAY
Class 2: Wed. September 8, 2016

–      Class Kit must be purchased by this day.

–      Introduction to basic electronics and LEDs

–      Smart fabrics and textiles: Exploring and testing the various abilities and properties of a range of smart fabrics and textiles: conductive fabric, resistive fabrics, UV and solar reactive fabric, thermochomic fabric, electrotextile, e-textile, e-broidery, fibertronics, nanotechnology, microfiber, photo-luminescent fabric, micro-encapsulated PCMs (phase changing materials), Solar cells integrated into textiles, Nendo thermo fabric, BlowFabric, spray-on fabric, computer generated fabrics…

–        Homework: Read and post a short response to the blog. Feel free to respond to the posts of your classmates by commenting on their posts as well!

“The Critical Interface” from Garments of Paradise by Susan Elizabeth Ryan

Critical Interface_GarmentsofParadise

Class 3: Mon. September 12, 2016

–     Basic electronics continued and breadboard prototyping

– – Catarina Mota – Intimate sensor.

–      M.I.T High-Low tech group

–      How to document your work.

–      Homework: Observe your daily interactions with objects, people and the environment. Pay special attention to intimate interactions (direct contact) and come up with 3 ideas for augmenting or deepening the level of interaction. Post them + include your observations.

Tues. September 13, 2016 – Fall Add/Drop Ends
Class 4: Wed. September 14, 2016
  • Kinetic Lab Authorization– 6:00/7:30pm.
  • Social Circuits

–      Other smart materials: Conductive threads and yarns, Solar reactive thread, conductive paint, conductive ink, conductive transparent film, Thermoplastic film, EL wire, QTC (Quantum Tunneling Composite), Polymorph material, magnetic varnish, UV reactive materials, things that glow in the dark, shape memory materials, Flexinol, smart electro ceramics, organic electronics…

–        Homework: Work with your partner to finish the social circuit project

Class 5: Mon. September 19, 2016

–      Class visit to Sullivan Gallery Exhibition – Hélio Labs. Meet at Sullivan Gallery

–        Homework: Finish your LED conductive thread circuit. Download and install Arduino programming environment.

Class 6: Wed. September 21, 2016 – class starts at 6:30pm!
  • Programming: Introduction to Arduino & Flora – Installing/Programming Arduino/Flora Environment -digital output: controlling a LED, RGB LED – analog output: using PWM, using analog pin
  • Leah Buechley & Lilypad project. Arduino, other Little Bits, MIT crickets,, DIY kits.

–        Electronics resources.

–      Homework: make a simple program with Flora using a LED and the functions seen in class (analog & digital function) Make a short video and post to the blog.

Class 7: Mon. September 26, 2016

–      Sewing Authorization.

–      Soldering.

–      Programming: digital input (switch) – analog input (potentiometer, bend, pressure sensor) – basic conditional statements

Class 8: Wed. September 28, 2016

–      DIY soft sensors: Introduction to techniques and related concepts to build your own sensors using smart and soft materials applied to wearable technology. Contact, pressure, bend, capacitive, proxy and various sensors.

–      Homework: make a sensor using an LED & smart material: contact, pressure or bend sensor. Make a short video and post to the blog.

Class 9: Mon. October 3, 2016

–      XS-Lab – Vincent Leclerc.

–      Wearability: What are specific considerations for wearable technology projects?

–      Homework: Finish patch/pocket sensor circuit. Consider how and where it will attach to your body – snaps, ties, velcro, other alternative materials…

Class 10: Wed. October 5, 2016
  • Connecting hardware to software: using analog electronics and smart materials – soldering, wire glue, conductive thread, heat shrink wire,magnetmagnetic varnish, any hook, small parts… made of iron, chain,
  • Turning traditional fashion accessories into sensors: Button, zipper, lace, ribbon, bow

–      Homework: Body Listening Project

Class 11: Mon. October 10, 2016

–      Tech: Doing sound: –  alternative material speakers – using a piezo – using a voice recorder module – using a MP3 player

–      Artfully interactive clothing: Emitting light (LEDs, EL wire, electrotextile, digital display), sound, changing color, shape, inflatables…

–        Biofish dress, Levis Red DLX Jeans, Smoking jacket, Massage me, Ying Gao

–        Homework: Reading: A Futureproofed Power Meter by Natalie Jeremijenko and post a response to the blog

Class 12: Wed. October 12, 2016

–        History of suits over the last 70 years: Space suit, diving suit, army suit, protecting suit…

–        Kenji Yanobe.

–        Power for Wearables

–      Homework: Build a device using sound or movement. Make a short video and post to the blog.

Class 13: Mon. October 17, 2016

–      Thinking outside the PCB: Examples of alternative methods to build electronic devices without traditional epoxy PCB, by using wood, paper, fabric, conductive thread, conductive paint, skin, salt and vinegar, resin, flexible materials….

–        Homework: Reading: Lucy Orta Lecture and post response to blog

Class 14: Wed. October 19, 2016

–       Prototyping, hacking, DIY, Art and craft, tinkering, recycling, open-source material

–       Homework: Build a simple flexible circuit using an alternative material. Make a short video and post to the blog.

Class 15: Mon. October 24, 2016

–        Body, Prosthesis and Cyborg: Marshall Mc Luhan, Mathhew Barney, Kevin Warwick, Stelarc, Christophe Luxereau, Nicole Tran Ba Vang, Kelly Dobson, Erich Berger, Marion Laval-Jeantet, Louis Philippe Demers, Audio tooth implant , Maywa Denki, Paul Granjon

–        Homework: Reading: ABC of Tactical Media and post response to blog.

Class 16: Wed. October 26, 2016

–      Geek accessories: Computer belt, Scent whisper, data gloves, cooling helmet, sensitive shoes, Adidas fitness apparel, RipCurl H-bomb, heart wave monitor jacket (Biodevice SA), Sony analog clone MD jacket, Space bra, voltaic generator bag…

–        Homework: Research a new electronic wearable accessory and post to blog along with your review of its functionality and aesthetics.

Class 17: Mon. October 31, 2016

–      Art & research: Grado Zero Espace, Distance Lab, Rambler shoes (Tweets your steps), Laura Beloff & Martin Pichlmair, Die Audio Gruppe, …

–     Roundtable discussion of possibilities for final projects

–       Homework: Reading: The Fingerprint of the Second Skin and post response to the blog

Class 18: Wed. November 2, 2016

–      Biomaterials, second skin and biometrics: DIY biomaterials, Fruit computer laboratory, Potato Electricity DIY Energy (Indonesia), Tasty QR Code at NY Resistor.

–        Implants, Bio-culture (Suzanne Lee), MicroBe fermented fabric, Chocolate Mask (Naomi Filmer), eMotion project (Udk berlin), biojewellery (Royal College of art), Materiel belief program (UK), V2 lab (NL), Bare conductive project, Patch Body monitor (BodyMedia), Bleu Remix (Yann Marussich).

–        Homework: Research another artist working with Biotechnology and post your findings to the blog. Include a personal response regarding your opinion of the artist’s work.

Class 19: Mon. November 7, 2016

–      A matter of scale: how little things can make big things: Lego, bricks and other construction systems, mosaic, massive zip tie sculptures, origami. Theo Jansen, FabLab.

–      Alternate material for clothing and recycling materials paper, wigs, records, balloons, plastic fur, elastic, tire, plush toys, bones, leaves, …

Martin Margiella jackets, Sandra Backlund, Hussein Chalayan & Swarosvki, Lucy Mc Rae, Paco Rabanne, Azuma Makoto, Natacha Lesueur, Erwin Wurm.

–        Discussion of final project proposal requirements

–     Homework: Final Project Proposal and post to blog.

Class 20: Wed. November 9, 2016

–        Project Proposal Presentations

–      Homework: find an artwork that deals with similar issues and concepts to your idea and post to the blog

Class 21: Mon. November 14, 2016

–      Group discussion of Final Project Proposals

–     Homework: research any techniques and materials that will be necessary to realize your project. Post your findings to the blog along with any questions and requests for tutorials.

Class 22: Wed. November 16, 2016

–        Group discussion of new techniques and materials as they relate to final projects

–        Group tutorials on techniques as necessary for student interest.

–        Homework: post to blog re: progress on final project

Class 23: Mon. November 21, 2016

–        Studio work time

–     Individual Student Meetings

–      Screening and presentation of artists related to student’s projects.

Wed. November 23, 2016 – NO CLASS THANKSGIVING BREAK
Class 24: Mon. November 28, 2016

–      Studio work time

–      Individual Student Meetings

–        Homework: post to blog re: progress on final project

Class 25: Wednesday. November 30, 2016

–      Studio work time

–     Discussion of necessary requirements for final presentation

Mon. December 5, 2016 – NO CLASS CRITIQUE WEEK
Wed. December 7, 2016 – NO CLASS CRITIQUE WEEK
Class 26: Mon. December 12, 2016

–      Studio work time

–      Troubleshooting.

Class 27: Wed. December 14, 2016

–        Final Project Critiques:

15mn presentation. Documentation due.

Class 28: Mon. December 19, 2016

–      Final Project Critiques:

15mn presentation. Documentation due.

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