Talks of the day
Crossover of Future in ArtxTech by Women in Design
Anouk, Behnaz, Tiffany Frenda, Noa Aviv, Wendy Fok, Dara Dotz
In this action packed session that was more like a taster to different design practices than anything more in depth, six talented and diverse women from around the world shared their work. They are all worth so much more of a stage, and you should take time to explore what they do. They are asking important questions about the human experience right now, through their work.
How can fashion defend your personal space?
From the world of fashion, two designers of interactive clothing, Anouk and Behnaz: their delicate and dangerous interactive garments were all about protection of personal space from the male gaze and body. Dynamic and reactive, they moved like porcupines or spider legs, emitted smoke and otherwise "spoke up" when the wearer may not. Interesting to consider it as a feminist action, where the clothing takes the role of the protector and voice that is often not encouraged of the potential wearer.
How does technology alter the connection between humans, and their view of themselves?
Not Your Momma’s Wearables
Thad Stoner, Melody Jackson
Thad is the inventor of Google Glass and often referred to as the "father of wearables". Now at Georgia Tech, he is focussing on the next wave of wearable technology, wearable computers that enable superpowers. With examples of applications from emergency services to medicine, and covering some incredible finds along the way (how passive haptic learning – creating muscle memory through electric currents – can accelerate the mastery of a musical instrument) it was a fascinating talk. His colleague Melody presented something even more incredible – their experimentation with using interactive vests on occupational dogs to help them do everything from raise an alarm, to clearly communicate what explosive substance is in a bomb. They are also using their tech to communicate with wild dolphins. Amazing stuff.
Fun of the Day:
TechOff was back again for the final this evening. The very best talks on tech, and the best luchadors, made it a great evening. It got quite rowdy! Thanks Tech Department and British House! Had a wonderful Creative Social dinner too, with senior agency folk from around the world eating the world’s best BBQ off paper plates and sharing stories and work.
Experience of the Day:
"Queer Voices on and off Screen" was a conversational and provocative talk this afternoon. Having made a bunch of new contacts there I feel much more confident that the women’s film festival we have planned for June in Cannes will be a success. We’re launching next week with a call for entries, and the information and support I received has helped progress the idea a lot.
Swag of the day: