Course Description

This course will focus on wearables and “soft” computing as a vehicle for subversion and artistic appropriation. Readings will emphasize theoretical discourse on the relationships of the body, technology, fashion, social interactions and environment. Concepts will be developed, designed and prototyped into working pieces by participants addressing personal expression and social dialog. Soft circuits (conductive paint, fabric, etc), new and recycled materials will be explored in the development of expressive computational forms.


Electronic Textiles: Wearable Computers, Reactive Fashion, and Soft Computation
Joanna Berzowska

Dress, Language and Communication
from The Clothed Body

Wearables: The Flesh of Social Computing
from Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology
Susan Kozel

A Futureproofed Power Meter
Natalie Jeremijenko

The Fingerprint of the Second Skin
Kitty Hauser

Lucy Orta Lecture

Logical Spaces for Urban Nomads

ABCs of Tactical Media

Dunne + Raby’s Placebo Project/Design Noir

E-Broidery: Design and fabrication of textile-based computing
E.R. Post, M. Orth, P.R. Russo and N. Gershenfeld

Fabric PCBs, Electronic Sequins, and Socket Buttons: Techniques for E-textile Craft
Leah Buechley and Michael Eisenberg

The LilyPad Arduino: Using Computational Textiles to Investigate Engagement, Aesthetics, and Diversity in Computer Science Education
Leah Buechley, Mike Eisenberg, Jaime Catchen, and Ali Crockett

In the Shadow of the Cyborg: an interview with Joey Berzowska
Jake Moore

Mistaken Ancestry
Martin and Virginia Davis

The Epidermis as Metaphor

Engaging in Fashion
Anthea van Kopplen, Laurene Vaughan