Friday Nov 17, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Explore the central role of palpability, or the feeling of our active senses, in wearable technology design.
Wearable technology (WT) is moving closer to and even into the human body, effectively rendering it invisible. Coined by Mark Weiser as Invisible Computing, wearable technologies now “weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” While technologies may appear invisible to the naked eye and continue to demand less of our visual attention, our understanding of the world is created not just through our eyes but also through our multisensory, bodily experiences. Therefore, this movement of technologies from our hands to our skin should, but often does not account for our broader, felt experiences. In this workshop we will explore the central role of palpability, or the feeling of our active senses, in WT design. Building from Thecla Schiphorst’s experience modeling frameworks, this workshop will provide self-study techniques to build both intrabody and inter-body knowledge. Participants will engage in both analog and digital experiences of their own physical data and learn how to transform somatic knowledge into new WT design strategies. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore various digital sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, myo sensors, and microphones as well as feedback components such as LEDs, haptic motors, and screen-based imagery by using custom-built WT bands constructed for this workshop. Prior movement or WT experience is not needed, but participants should come wearing comfortable clothing for movement exploration.
Jessica Rajko is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the liminal space between somatically informed dance and interaction design. As an assistant professor at Arizona State University, her current work investigates the ethical and corporeal implications of digital technologies and big data from an intersectional feminist lens. Jessica has presented and performed in various collaborative artworks nationally and internationally, including Amsterdam’s OT301, Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival and New York City’s Gotham Festival at The Joyce Theatre. She was named one of Phoenix New Times’s “100 Creatives of 2016” and has been commissioned by the Currents New Media Festival, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, Mesa Arts Center, Heard Museum, and Phoenix Art Museum.
Jessica is a founding co-Director of the ASU Human Security Collaboratory and is affiliated with the Arts, Media and Engineering Synthesis Center as a collaborative researcher/artist. She serves on the steering committee for the PAVE Program in Arts Entrepreneurship and is the mentor for the dance MFA concentration in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. She is the co-founder and co-director of urbanSTEW (urbanSTEW.org), a non-profit arts collective that creates participatory, art/tech installations to engage local communities in multisensory, felt experiences. Jessica received her MFA in Dance and Interdisciplinary Digital Media at Arizona State University in 2009 (outstanding graduate of the year) and her BA in Dance and Psychology at Hope College in 2005.