Thursday, July 6, 2006

Weaving

Very cool. Mette Ramsgard Thomsen - the latest addition to my list of women in pervasive computing-related fields - is also involved in the Architecture and Situated Technologies Symposium.

She leads the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture in The Royal Danish Academy School of Fine Arts' School of Architecture:

"The projects we are doing here are based in ideas of interaction with environments that somehow incorporate their own metabolisms of self-sensing and self-reacting."

Mmmm. Room for reflexive computing? I'm most impressed by this project:

WEAVER



The emergence of intelligent textiles as a means of embedding technology into woven surfaces has received a huge amount of international interest during the last decade. Electronically informed materials that change colour, form or texture reacting to sensor based input such as light, sound or heat are beginning to define a research field between Human Computer Interaction, textile design and fashion. Intelligent clothes, active textiles and wearables are research areas that explore how we can engage with technology through its, and our, embodied presence.

Weaver seeks to explore the potential intersections between an intelligent surface and its inhabitation. As a collaboration between architecture and textile design, the aim is to explore the spatial potential of a continually changing surface as well as its material properties. Working between the scaled and the actual, Weaver seeks to explore ideas of a fluid morphology, taking shape through its performance."

And score again from the iDC list:

"I think the wider interest in the idea of decentralisation or distribution and self-organisation is really connected to an idea of urbanism. The idea of a sensor as that which picks up on a particular dimension of a space (e.g. shifts in the magnetic field, dark areas in the camera picture etc) is a monocular world view. However if the city is a performed condition taking place through the multiple agents or actors drawing their own territories, temporal and spatial, it is perhaps through this monocular awareness that difference and contradiction can take place while still sustaining an idea of a shared territory."

I'm not confident that the monocle metaphor can actually accomodate difference and contradiction, unless it has something to do with monocular rivalry, but I do like the implied tension between the one and the many.

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