[Outside V2_] The eTextiles Summer Camp 2013, Call for eTextiles Practitioners

The eTextiles Summer Camp is a five day event that brings together expert practitioners of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry in one place to share their knowledge and skills through hands-on workshops, and facilitate discussions around their practices. We are looking for makers, designers, engineers and artists, who work in the field of eTextiles and soft circuitry to participate.

The first Summer Camp was held in 2011 in Borås Sweden, with 20 experts. This year, the second edition of the eTextiles Summer Camp is planned from 17th to 21st of July in Poncé sur le Loir, France, hosted by Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes.

Theme

The E-textile Summer Camp’s 2013 theme will be Soft + Slow Electronics. Many of us as engineers, designers and artists are working with soft materials such as textiles and paper, exploring the potential of soft, malleable and flexible electronics. Our practices often involve techniques that require intensive hand work, often resulting in long production processes. Some of the techniques we employ are almost archaic, but because we see value in making our own materials in our own ways, old-fashioned and slow techniques often come into play. We propose to see these practices as "slow", rather than "time consuming".

In today’s society "slowness" has gained positive connotation and acknowledgement through movements like Slow Food, Slow Cities and Slow Design Principles. These movements not only embrace the amounts of physical time consumed in a process, but also the social and cultural impacts resulting from slow processes.

During the Summer Camp, we propose a celebration of slowness within soft electronics practices. We will look at techniques that take time to master and accomplish with skill, such as weaving, paper making, origami folding, pleating, embroidery, crochet, block printing and so on. Together we will explore what values slowness adds to our practices, and what values our practices contribute to society.

How to participate

Around 20-30 eTextiles practitioners from around the world can participate in this event. The application deadline is May 15th 2013. Visit etextile-summercamp.org for the application form and detailed info.

Please note that the eTextile Summer Camp is intended for eTextile practitioners. If you are interested in eTextiles and seeking an introduction to the field, the content of the event is not suitable for you.

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