Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
recently published Coding Cloth, a Filter Magazine. The issue, a must-read for anyone interested in wearables, consists of a variety of articles written by pioneers in the field that discuss topics of electronics textiles and the future of wearables.
Two of my favorite articles were written by JoAnna Berzowska
and Sabine Seymour
. Berzowska predicts "that the future of wearable technologies is deeply centered in the social and cultural sphere.
" She envisions social networking companies such as Flickr, Blogger, Facebook, etc moving off the screen and onto the space of the body via the help of wearable technologies.
Berzowska envisions that "Garments will soon become the new playground for digital social networking technologies, as software slowly seeps off mobile phones and into illuminated zippers that display when you have been “poked” on Facebook; flowers that open and close to reveal the status of your social relationships; or furry spots that appear when a new post has been uploaded.
Seymour's article delved into a nice discussion regarding the expressive value of wearable technologies. She used two of her student's work to illuminate the concept (more to the come on those projects).
Seymour surmises that "By incorporating electronics into a garment we can transform traditional fashion elements such as colour, texture, and cut to include movement, touch, light, sound and interactivity for added tools of communication.
Other articles included in the issue:
CODING CLOTH - Dr. Melinda Rackham
CUDDLY CYBORGS - Angella Mackey
TIME FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING TO MOVE BACK ONTO THE BODY - Joanna Berzowska
FEMME FASHION TECH - Alison Lewis
FASHIONABLE WEARABLES AS AESTHETIC INTERACTION INTERFACES - Sabine Seymour
A 21ST CENTURY REVOLUTION IN ART, FASHION & DESIGN - Coded Cloth Exhibition
TöKU TIKANGA — MY CULTURE - Gina Irish
THE CULTURAL ECONOMY — ARS ELECTRONICA 2008 - Herb Enns
EMBRACING OUR SOUNDS - Sarah Last
PORTABLE PERSPECTIVES - Fee Plumley
SYNAPSE ART SCIENCE RESIDENCY RECIPIENTS 2008/09 - Vicki Sowry
HAPTASTIC TECH - Warren Veljanovski
WE ALL PLAY A PART - Advocacy Campaign
Download the entire Coding Cloth Publication here