Visiting Artist Lecture E(text)iles: New Material Explorations
PRESENTERS: DENA MOLNER, DANIELA ROSNER, DAVID MELLIS
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 6:00 P.M.
As technologies, finely bound books are compact, durable forms that get passed from one generation to the next. As hand-crafted objects, they exemplify manual control and dexterity, patience and care, and continuity with the past. Paper-based electronic books, by contrast are relatively new objects that enable novel interactions with material. Similarly, the Etextile movement is encouraging the integration of electronics on the material level for application in previously uncharted areas of design. David, Dena, and Daniela will discuss their own work and research in regards to the exploration of electronics and traditional materials.
David Mellis is a graduate student in the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and the lead software developer for Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform. Dena Molner is a textile designer and recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a concentration in Technology. Her background is in the design and fabrication of high performance textiles. Daniela Rosner is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Stanford University. In fall 2013, she will join the University of Washington’s Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering as an assistant professor. Her research combines design, computing, and fieldwork to reveal the social conditions and cultural values that shape and are shaped by digital technology.