Mika and Hannah have been collaborating as KOBAKANT since 2006 in the field of electronic textiles. They share their soft circuit and textile sensor designs on HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT.
During the conference I (Hannah) want to further my collection of “Wearable Studio Practices” while engaging in “Making as a Means of Exploring”. This means I am potentially looking to follow and observe other participants in order that I might tailor a Wearable Studio item specifically to your practice, or be inspired to build new wearable tools for myself.
Throughout this process of observing, interviewing, designig and making I will be paying attention to the materials “at hand”, to explore what techniques could be used to build with the materials surrounding us on Koh Lon.
Deke Weaver (http://www.unreliablebestiary.org/ ) is an award winning performance artist and trans-media storyteller. He currently runs a life-long project called the “Unreliable Bestiary” exploring our “precarious moment in natural history.” Through a series of performances, websites, and books, he creates an ark of stories about animals and our relationships with them.
Theme: During his stay at the Digital Natural Conference Deke will be available to discuss creating engaging performance art concerning natural creatures.
Madeline Schwartzman (www.madelineschwartzman.com, @seeyourselfsensing) is a New York City writer, filmmaker, and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating, and experimental video making. Her book, See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2011), is a collection of futuristic proposals for the body and the senses. Her forthcoming book, titled See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded (Black Dog Publishing, London), looks at the future of the human head. At DiNaCon, Madeline will make fun head prosthetics using the island’s natural treasures, Arduino and the human sensorium.
Peter Marting http://aztecacecropia.com is a biologist and artists exploring the captivating world of ant-plant mutualisms. He also teaches a course on turning science into art at Arizona State University. (more to come!)
Kitty Quitmeyer (wellreadpanda.com) is a librarian turned professional yarn-crafter. Her interests lie in sustainability, knitting and crochet, books, and red pandas. She has volunteered to teach some of her amazing skills during the conference. Perhaps you will be able to become a mobile knitter / hiker like her!
She has also offered to lead daily yoga and meditation classes, though she has a disclaimer that she is not a professional in any of these.
During the conference he proposes to lead mini-expeditions around the island while carrying a bunch of sensors to do 360 camera + GPS mapping + fruit/plant identification of trails on the island, and producing videos, imagery, and maps of things we find in the island.
Dr. Amit Zoran is Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Media Arts and Science from the MIT Media Lab, a M.Des. in product design from Bezalel, and a B.Sc. in Communication System Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel. In his work, Dr. Zoran studies human-computer interaction, design, craft, and cooking, exploring the divergent realms of emerging computational design technologies and traditional hand-hewn skills.
Hybrid (digital, molecular yet local) Gastronomy: Digital Gastronomy is a culinary vision were traditional cooking is infused with new computational abilities (rather than replacing the chef with an autonomous machine). We will investigate how to deploy digital cooking techniques in traditional Thai kitchens, using local ingredients that we collect in nature, and integrate them into cooking via hybrid methods.
We will be hacking together and deploying a sensor mesh network to gather baseline environmental data and visualize it online and via an app. We will be documenting the whole thing via photos and a narrative to help create build instructions for someone else to repeat. This will be written into an article on for the Journal of Open Hardware.
The technology will is all open source and will be able to be replicated using commonly available open source hardware. We will be building, testing, and deploying in using the collaboration-first approach we try to use in all our work
Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer is a hacker / adventurer studying intersections between wild animals and computational devices. His academic research in “Digital Naturalism” at the National University of Singapore blends biological fieldwork and DIY digital crafting. This work has taken him through international wildernesses where he’s run workshops with diverse groups of scientists, artists, designers, and engineers. He runs “Hiking Hacks” around the world where participants build technology entirely in the wild for interacting with nature. His research also inspired a ridiculous spin-off television series he hosted for Discovery Networks called “Hacking the Wild.”