Artist in residence: Interactive E-textile Storytelling
Artist talk and introduction
SEP 5, 8.30PM @ osmo/za, Slovenska 54, Ljubljana
Crafting Tools, Crafting Stories Workshop
SEP 11–12, 5 – 9PM @ osmo/za, Slovenska 54, Ljubljana
The workshop opens e-textiles making in general, and the residency project specifically, up to a wider group of participants. It start with an introduction to the field and materials and creating our own tools to then use them in e-textile work. The making is centered around creating interactive book pages as starting point for individual ideations and storytelling approaches with e-textiles.
Exhibition and final presentation
MAR 28 2019, 7PM @ osmo/za, Slovenska 54, Ljubljana (the exhibition will be on view until March 29, 3 – 9 PM)
The residency is dedicated to re-imagine and re-make an interactive children book incorporating electronic technologies. An existing handmade textile book from the 1980ies serves as inspiration for interaction scenarios to be augmented with electronic textile techniques. The focus is set on exploring potentials of electronic augmentation for interactive storytelling in the context of children books.
Starting point for this project is a textile book my grandmother made for me when I was small kid. She used her skills as a seamstress and craftsperson to produce an interactive book. The embedding of snaps, buttons, zips and various other textile accessories allow for attaching, opening, moving, rearranging of the textile artifacts, making individual stories come to life. The residency aims at revisiting this book, investigating the potentials of including electronic elements in the textile storytelling. The goal is to explore the possibilities new technologies might provide for storytelling in this context. Towards this, I work together with local people that have interest and/or experience in (textile) crafts, storytelling, illustration or electronics to explore new ways to create stories.
Irene Posch is a researcher and artist with a background in media and computer science. In her current work she explores the integration of technological development into the fields of art and craft, and vice versa, and cultural and aesthetic implications thereof. She previously worked with the Ars Electronica Futurelab designing and realizing interactive exhibits and exhibitions and as a freelancer on design and technology research projects. She has been teaching at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, the department for New Media – Technology – Culture at the University of Klagenfurt and the New Design University in St. Pölten. She carried out residencies at the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media Rotterdam (NL) and the Eyebeam Art&Technology Center New York (US), the Tactile and Tactial Design Lab, University of Washington (US) and the Teachers College at Columbia University (US). Irene is a co-initiator and key researcher of the artistic research project ‘Stitching Worlds’ at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute for Industrial Design II headed by Fiona Raby. She pursues her PhD work at the Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology headed by Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna Technical University.
Residency is part of EASTN-DC Network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.