Amplifying Textiles – Textile and Sound Laboratory

Amplifying Textiles – Textile and Sound Laboratory (23. – 25. April)

This workshop conducted by Berit Greinke – researcher in textile design and digital sound – will offer a closer look at potential connections of textile, materials and sound design. The participants will get an insight in how to construct simple synthesisers or sonified textile objects – using conductive materials and both analogue and digital electronic tools. Participants can utilise the textile sensors developed in the former workshop „Sensing Through Fabric“ led by Mika Satomi and adapt them. In this workshop the students will learn about processes of ‚data sonification‘ and building homemade musical instruments with textile materials. 




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.


Workshop „Sensing Through Fabric“

Workshop „Sensing Through Fabric“ led by Mika Satomi (Japan/Sweden)
16.-18. April @ 10am

 In these three days of hands-on workshop, we will experiment with various conductive textile materials together with Arduino/Lilypad to get familiarized with the characteristics of fabric sensors and soft circuitry to serve as a new medium for your future expression. We will explore construction of various fabric sensors such as bend, stretch and tilt, and textile circuitry techniques. During the workshop, participants are encouraged to come up with their own fabric sensor ideas and build functional prototypes. The aim of the workshop is to understand how to sense our body movements through fabric sensors and to learn how to use them in creative projects.

Please take with you the following:
-Scissors (if you have, also fabric scissors)
-pen, paper
-needle and basic sewing tools
-laptop with arduino software installed

More infos bout Mika‘s work and research: