We just returned from an exciting week at Node festival, Forum for Digital Arts, a biennial event held in Frankfurt. The festival centres around the graphical programming language vvvv.
Creative coders, digital artists and designers from all over the world came together for a week long festival of art exhibitions, music, lectures and theoretical & practical workshops.
NODE aims to foster a critical reflection within the creative coding scene. The forum is supporting the creation of an innovative and responsible movement by encouraging new collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange and open knowledge sharing.
The main goal of the forum is to empower individuals by encouraging them to experiment, prototype, and develop new things, to ask new questions and to provide answers.
Hannah Perner-Wilson whose work interconnects textiles and electronics gave an interesting talk on “Wearables, Prosthetics and the Future of Fashion”.
Using conductive yarn with a high resistance she knits pieces of fabric which can be turned into circuits and allow her to embed sensors directly into the garments which can then capture data the various forces applied to the fabric such as stretch and pressure.
Hannah provides a great physical analogy for her work in the form of a breadboard pin-cushion. A small pin-cushion with strips of conductive fabric which can be used for prototyping electronic circuits.
"I feel it represents what I do. I take electronics that are traditionally hard and I make them soft and I try to give them new functionality"