Wintersemester 2010/11

Workshop ”Wearable World” – abstract:

Technology has become part of our everyday existence. It is expected that in the future lot of the technology which we have ”in hand” currently, will be embedded into our bodies and to the surrounding environment.

The 3-day workshop investigates wearable technology and asks how artistic approaches to (wearable, mobile, body-related) technology can possibly create new viewpoints into this kind of situation. Can an artist reveal something, which is commonly dismissed in the commercially-oriented development?

The course is focused on wearable technology and its relation to physical and organic world, to bodies and to objects.

The aim of the workshop is on the development and realization of ideas and initiation of projects. The emphasis is on the unexpected, critical and playful approach to wearable technology.

Introduced are:

- Concepts: hybrid space, wearable technology,

- Introduction to wearable technology as a field with historical examples.

Under investigation are:

- What is the role of wearable technology; now and in the future?

- What has an artist got to say to the technological development?

- Can (wearable) technology be considered beyond the instrumental perspective?

- The main question haunting the workshop is “WHY?” (rather than “what?”).

Short bio / Laura Beloff:

With acclaimed international reputation as an artist, Laura Beloff’s artistic works can be described as peculiar wearable objects, programmed structures and participatory, networked installations. Many of her works deal with individuals in the global society trying to adapt to highly complex technologically enhanced world, which is becoming increasingly mobile. Beloff has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and media-art events in Europe and worldwide, recently f.e. in the Venice Biennale 2007, and in Brazil 2008. She is frequently lecturing about her research and practice in universities and various conferences. 2002-06 she was Professor for media arts at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway. 2007-11 she was awarded a five-year grant by the Finnish state. Currently she is visiting lecturer at The University of Art and Design in Helsinki and working towards PhD within Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth. More information on her works:

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