After the workshop introduction and meeting round participants were
split up into two groups to distribute the wide variety of skills. The
background of participants was broad (ranging from industrial designers to
fashion designers to hard- and software developers). As the average
knowledge of the participants was quite high, the goal of the workshop
was ambitious: create a performative sound experiment.
Kobakant showed many examples of their work and provided the right
atmosphere for a long day of discussion on the yet-to-be created pieces. Near the
end of the day both groups had a clear idea on the theme, sounds,
looks and performance they wanted to create.
The second day was the day of hard labour. This day the ideas of the
1st day had to be put into wearable garments using conductive threads
and textiles, hacked toys which Kobakant brought, Lillypads and self
made sensors. During the day it became apparent that the two groups had
taken very different directions. First group developed into the
direction of a modern dance performance in which contact improvisation was the major
theme. The garments were made into a large contact sensor using
conductive threads. Different sounds were generated and processed
depending on the place and change of human contact.
The second group took a direction into poetic, theatrical costumes to explore the
ritual of meeting. Generated sounds and a live played cello
soundscape were transformed by the meeting ritual. Light sensors in
the frays influenced the soundscape, while a self made motion sensor
introduced a hint of a modern form of communication.
The results are performed at V2_ during Test_Lab: Fashionable Technology.