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Subtle Technologies Festival 2016 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

May 12, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Seamless Visions: New Textiles and Wearable Technologies

Ancient in origin, textiles have enabled our civilization to grow and prosper for thousands of years. Yet, these prehistoric beginnings have little impact on their continued significant role in the development of future technologies. The evolution of textiles parallels our innate fascinations with body augmentation and pattern recognition and has birthed new industries and subcultures in every generation. From architecture and medicine to fashion and space travel, textiles are a literal and figurative thread that binds the aspirations of humankind.

The 19th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival will build on this lineage, showcasing leading research and expressive applications of the art and science of textiles. Through a wide range of programming, the Festival will create opportunities for the critical exchange of knowledge about experimental processes, cultural trends, socioeconomic challenges and philosophical implications. In geographical context, the Festival will also draw upon Toronto’s increasing role as an international hub for innovations in wearable technology.

Topics and sub-topics for programming include:

BODY AUGMENTATION
+ Prosthetics and cybernetics
+ Second skins— devices & fabrics for protection
+ Wearable technology in posthumanist studies
+ Fashion for assistive devices

PATTERN-RECOGNITION & ALGORITHMIC MAKING
+ Weaving, as it relates to other disciplines
(cognitive science, biology, computer science)
+ Computerized textile design and production
+ Informatics through fabric (coded textiles)

MATERIAL INNOVATION
+ Research and development of synthetic fibres
+ Smart textiles and responsive environments
+ 3D-printed textiles and 3D knitting
+ Fabrics for physical computing

ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CRITIQUE
+ Biometric clothing and devices (and the politics therein)
+ Wearables that disrupt surveillance (active and passive)
+ Critical responses to the appropriation of indigenous dress
+ Bio-hacking and security concerns around wearables

On May 13, 2016, the festival will include Future Proof, a wearable technology fashion show.

Details

Start:
May 12, 2016
End:
May 15, 2016
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Website:
http://subtletechnologies.com/festival/

Venue

Subtle Technologies @ Centre for Social Innovation
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4 Canada
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