Wearing Sound

A person gesturing on the left. An electronic textile collar for a trumpet player on the right.Left: Gesture Sound Interaction (Federico Visi). Right: E-textile wearable for a trumpet player (Erika Körner, Pauline Vierne).

MA und Anpassungsstudierende
(Mode, Produkt, Design&Computation, Sound Studies)
Max. 6 Studierende

Strasse des 17. Juni 118
Start: 27.10.2022
Ende: 16.02.2023
Donnerstags 14:00 – 18:00 bzw -17:00

JunProf. Dr. Berit Greinke
Dr Federico Visi

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*This seminar is only open for MA and Anpassungsstudierende. If you are neither, please do not enrol.*

In this seminar we will explore textile wearable technologies that interact with electronic sound through body movement. We will be working with electronic textiles and soft circuitry, sound, and interactive gesture recognition using visual programming software Max 8.

Practical introductions will provide you with a basis to investigate these technologies within your own creative practice. Our approach will be hands-on and crafts-based, exploring aesthetics and function with our bodies and textile materials.

The seminar is aimed at Master and “Anpassungs-” students who have experience in textile crafts and/or interaction design, and are curious about creative digital technology and art-tech interdisciplinary inquiry. No previous knowledge in electronics and programming required, but commitment and self-motivated learning are crucial. You will work in interdisciplinary teams.

The first part of the seminar combines introductions and practical exercises with electronic textiles and circuitry. with the technologies we will use. In the second part of the semester you will work in teams on a self-initiated project. During this time we offer tutorials and technical support for textile making and sound interaction for your project.

Seminar outputs:

You are expected to produce an interactive garment and a short video thereof. These will be presented to invited guests on 16 February 14:00 – 17:00.

The digital submission of a documentation in the form of a project description (500 words), photos, sound recordings, and code, is required by 24 February.

Tools and costs:

A basic set of electronic textiles and components is provided for free. Additional materials need to be purchased by students. Some materials and electronic components may be borrowed from the Fablab.

Students work on their own laptops. A license for Max 8 will be provided for the duration of the seminar.

Teaching language: English and German

Locations: Strasse des 17. Juni 118 (STR), room 206.

Lehrende: Prof. Dr. Berit Greinke (e-textiles and wearables), Dr. Federico Visi (gesture sound interaction and ML). Tutor: Philipp Gschwendtner