reSkin Wearable Technology Lab & Coded Cloth was a lab + exhibition showing wearable technology projects in 2007/8. It was curated by Melinda Rackham.
http://www.subtle.net/pdf/MRLEON.pdf (PDF) describes the background of the events and has examples of the work.
"In summer 2007, in order to facilitate such interdisciplinary experimentation in Australia,
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) initiated the reSkin Wearable Technol-
ogy Lab in collaboration with Craft Australia and the Australian National University School of
Art. Twenty-one media and sound artists; programmers; jewelers; and object, textile and fash-
ion designers immersed themselves into an intensive three-week research and development
environment with six facilitators ."
"One of the many outcomes of reSkin was a physical exhibition titled Coded Cloth, held
at the Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, in Adelaide (29 October--
19 December 2008). The exhibition drew from artists and designers who attended reSkin
along with practitioners whose work combined age-old craftsmanship with innovation. In
this Leonardo Gallery, we see a sample of that exhibition, wherein artists used traditional
textile practices such as weaving, stitching, embroidery, printing and dyeing. However, the
different electro-mechanical or biological properties of their materials produce aesthetically
charming and complex works that have both practical properties and surprising functionality."
below was the callout for submissions/participation (2006 emails) - I remember reading about it:
ANAT MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate release 1 September 2006
ANAT Media Lab on Wearable Computing
January 15 - February 4, 2007
Australian National University, Canberra
The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is pleased to
announceits Summer Media Lab. reSkin will be facilitated by renowned
media artistsincluding ELISE CO (USA), JOANNA BERZOWSKA (Canada) and
ALISTAIR RIDDELL (Australia). reSkin will be an intensive three-week
workshop focussing on wearable technology, embracing the skill-based
practices of object, jewellery, fashion design and media art.
SPECIALIST WORKSHOP FACILITATORS:
Stephen Barass (Australia)
Nikita Pashenkov (USA)
reSkin facilitators will be working with artists including jewellers,
object designers, textile artists, fashion designers and media
practitioners. Together they will research, develop and rapid
prototype sensor, time based and reactive clothing, jewellery, shoes,
bags, personal environmental and device designs - anything wearable
and technologically integrated. The Lab will focus on research and
development, experimentation, collaboration and project development.
reSkin will end with WearNow a one-day forum of critical dialogue
looking at our wearable futures, and a special publication examining
emerging practices in depth. An exhibition of wearables that will
include outcomes from the lab is scheduled for 2008.
Who Can Apply
reSkin is open to Australian and International artists and designers
with at least 3 years of practice in the fields of jewellery and
object design, textile design, fashion design, media arts, hybrid art
and other related disciplines.
How to Apply
ANAT is currently calling for applications for reSkin. Application
guidelines including further details on the Lab, facilitators, and
public outcomes can be downloaded from the reSkin website at:
Project Manager reSkin
ANAT Media Arts Lab 2006
Dr Melinda Rackham
ANAT Executive Director
The ANAT New Media Lab 2006 reSkin is supported by the Visual Arts
and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and
Territory Governments. reSkin project partners are Australian
National University School of Art, Centre for New Media Arts (ANU),
Australian National Museum and Craft Australia.