For those of you in Europe, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2009 conference will be taking place on August 23 – September 1 in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. ISEA is an international nonprofit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies. The conference this is loaded with AMAZING speakers/artists in the e-textile and interactive fashion arena. On Wednesday, 26 August 2009, there will be a wonderful panel on “Wearable Materialities”. The panel will include the following speakers: Camille Parker: Ephemeral Touch: Bio-Sensing Devices and Skin Interfaces for Personal Engagement Ayah Bdeir: Technology as Identity Elena Corchero:, Contemporary Design for Safety Textiles Ebru Kurbak and Mahir M. Yavuz:, Wearable Information: Information Visualization in Daily Wearables Amanda Parkes: Digital Guilds: Collective Invention and the Practice of Wearables Hannah Perner-Wilson DIY Wearable Technology On Thursday, 27 August 2009, there will be a keynote presentation Moritz Waldemeyer the technologist behind Hussein Chalayan’s amazing techno-fashions. The keynote will be followed by three sessions on Interactive Textiles that should not be missed. The first, Interactive Textiles I: Time and Form includes the following speakers: Zane Berzina, E-Static Shadows. An Interactive E-Textile Membrane Barbara Layne and Janis Jefferies: Wearable Absence Nadya Peek: Wrinkle Skin The second session,Interactive Textiles II: Wearability and Adoption, includes the following speakers: Susan Ryan: The Interface Vanishes: Wearable Technology at the Crossroads Devabrata Paramanik: E-Motional Textile: Creating Electronic Patterns for Printed Textile Design by Integrating Motion Capture Technology Christian Dils: Stretchable Circuit Board: New technology For High Level Integration of Electronics Into Textiles Milena Reichel: ‘I Would Wear it, because it is Something Different’ Elena Corchero, Contemporary Design for Safety Textiles On Friday, 28 August 2009, Interactive Textiles III: Collaboration, Cross-Disciplinarity and Consumption will take place with the following presenters: Gail Kenning: Digital Doilies: a Convergence of Culture Marin Toeters: Collaboration in Fashion Technology Jennifer Ballie: Considerate C-Creation for Clothing – Using Participatory Design Methods within the Fashion Industry to Promote Sustainable Consumption Don Sinclair: Making Conspicuous Consumption Interactive Textiles IV: Embodiment and Location Katerie Gladdys: Augmented Spirit/ Extreme Embodiment: a Landscape, Mapped of Vent Life Rachel Beth Egenhoefer: Knitting Code Jinsil Seo: Lumibreath: Flow of Energy Valerie Lamontagne: Céleste: Locative Geo-synchronous Participatory Play As you can see, this conference is full of amazing presenters. I’m so sad that I will not be able to attend. For those of you who do attend, please LMK if you are interested in covering the conference for the rest of the community. Check out full ISEA 2009 schedule.