KOBAKANT – Wearing Technology, a talk by Mika Satomi

KOBAKANT – Wearing Technology

A Talk by Mika Satomi

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin / eLab
Tuesday, 17. April 2012
eLab @ 17.30hrs

Since 2006 Mika Satomi has been collaborating with Hannah Perner-Wilson under the name KOBAKANT. They have been exploring the use of wearable technology as a medium for commenting on the social and technological aspects of today’s high-tech society. Conscious of wearability and questioning of functionality, they believe in the spirit of humoring technology and present their twisted criticism of the stereotypes it creates. The open lecture will introduce the works produced by KOBAKANT, as well as solo projects produced by Mika Satomi.

Currently Mika Satomi is a Researcher at The Smart Textile Design Lab at Textilehögskolan in Borås, Sweden. Only satisfied when things are working, Mika Satomi is always looking for new ways to use any kind of material, or bending existing techniques to her needs. She likes to find solutions for technical and artistic problems and to share this knowledge and experiences with others. As an artist Mika poses questions which are provoking peoples thoughts, opening their minds or twisting common views. Since 2006 Mika has collaborated with Hannah Perner-Wilson, forming the collective KOBAKANT. In 2009, as Research Fellows at the Distance Lab in Scotland, KOBAKANT published an online database for their DIY wearable technology titled HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. She holds BA in graphic design from Tokyo Zokei University, and MA in media creation from IAMAS, Japan. 

The talk is open to everyone interested and will be held in English.




The aim of this project is to provide a thorough review of the main types of sensing technologies used in musical applications. As new sensing technologies become available, this open space will provide an up-to-date resource for researchers in the field, complementing information available in books and textbooks such as Trends in Gestural Control of Music (Wanderley and Battier, eds. 2000) and Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard (Miranda and Wanderley, 2006).

More than 30 techniques are described, along with their sensing principles and examples of actual devices that implement those principles. For each sensing technique, one or more devices are described with information on how to obtain them (links to distributors, prices), as well as photos of the device and necessary setup/conditioning circuits, circuit diagrams, one or more videos showing the devices used in practice, and finally, simulation circuits compatible with the software CircuitMaker.