Wearing Sound

Student Athena Grandis with attached bioplastic touch sensors to body

Athena Grandis – stress sensors (Wearing Sound WiSe 22/23)

MA und Anpassungsstudierende
(Mode, Produkt, Design & Computation, Kostüm, Sound Studies, TU Audiokommunikation)
Max. 12 Studierende

Strasse des 17. Juni 118
Start: 25.10.2023
Ende: 14.02.2023
Mittwochs 10:00 – 14:00

Prof. Dr. Berit Greinke (e-textiles and wearables)
Dr. Federico Visi (gesture sound interaction and ML).
Tutor: Ben Herrmann

For registration please email b.greinke@udk-berlin.de.

*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.

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

Check out projects from previous years.  

Seminar outputs:

You are expected to produce an interactive garment and a short video thereof. These will be presented to invited guests on 14 February 2024.

The digital submission of a documentation in the form of a project description (500 words), photos, sound recordings, and code, is required by 15 March.

Tools and costs:

A basic set of electronic textiles and components is provided for free. Additional materials need to be purchased by students.

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

Teaching language: English

Locations: Strasse des 17. Juni 118 (STR), room 207 and 206.