Salon #9 on intimate technology

This ThingsCon Salon brings together scientists and creators for a workshop and lectures on Intimate Technology. 

Technology is getting closer and closer to our body – and minds. Wearables read our behavior and reason about our desires and intentions; fashion becomes connected and can change its characteristics; our data is shared, combined, analyzed and integrated to enhance its effects.

New interfaces emerge based on technology mediated conversations, including the senses of touch, sound, and smell. Sensors read our body and brain and extend our possibilities to express ourselves, but also limit what we can hide. Combined with artificial intelligence, nanotech, and robotics, our relation with near body technology becomes ever more invasive, and more complete. Welcome to the intriguing world of intimate technology.

In this ThingsCon Salon, we will tap into these changes and learn how technology becomes more intimate. We teamed up with DesignLab and Creative Technology of the University Twente and combine insights from science and ethics with experiences, experiments, and products from fashion and art.

Curated by 

• Iskander Smit, Founder ThingsCon Amsterdam, Innovation director Info.nl, Visiting Professor Delft University of Technology

• Frank Kresin, Managing Director DesignLab at Universiteit Twente

 

Workshops (16:00 – 18:00 hrs)

For the first time you can choose from two workshop at a Salon.

 

1. Designing a Visual Toolkit for offline behaviour

How do we interpret someone’s intentions when entering our private space in public.
In this workshop we will design a signal system for communication based on movement and (abstract) image.
Based on the Toolkit for Dance by ICK we will design new items for movement and communication about distance.
We will be using ‘real’ materials during this 2 hour workshop, and make a simple test situation, simulating technical possibilities.

Artist duo and researchers Karen Lancel and Hermen Maatexplore the tension between embodied presence, intimacy, privacy and trust in current social-technological systems. They radically turn upside down automated control technologies, bio-feedback and sensory perception, to create ‘Trust-Systems’ for intimate meeting experiences.

This workshop has limited capacity. Please RSVP here.

 

2. Animatronic Body Augmentation

Explore the new intimate technology yourself. By Edwin Dertien.

Edwin Dertien, Assistant Professor and creative roboticist. He has a fascination for robotics, and has worked on several projects involving (autonomous) robots, both from an engineering or artistic interest.
Since 2006 his company ‘Kunst- en Techniekwerk’ (making art work) has been providing the technical backbone in art-projects, ranging from robot-arms for sci-fi movies to autonomous GPS track drawing robots also realising various autonomous art works, big moving sculptures and weird installations for festivals and expositions.

This workshop has limited capacity. Please RSVP here.

 

Meetup (18:30 – 21:30 hrs)

Confirmed speakers

Viola van Alphen, Director Stichting Art & Technology, Co-Organiser and Curator Manifestations – like “Will the Future Design Us?” and “Internet of women things”.

• Jan van Erp – Professor tangible user interaction at research group Human Media Interaction of University Twente with a special interest in using discriminative touch in haptic and tactile displays and social touch in mediated communication and interaction with virtual agents and robots.

Angelika Mader, Assistant Professor at the Human Media Interaction research group (HMI) of the Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Twente. Her focus of research is on areas related to Creative Technology, including the Design Method of Creative Technology, Teaching Methods (as Tinkering), and Wearable Technology.

Jamy Li, Assistant Professor in the Human-Media Interaction group at the University of Twente. His research interests include social science applied to the design of social robots, autonomous vehicles and communication media as well as the use of technology to support the study of social systems.

Nicolai Liberati, postdoc researcher. Works on new computer technologies, postphenomenology, and mediation theory. He is especially interested in Augmented Reality, Wearable Computers, and Sex with Robots.

Lancel/Maat, Artist duo and researchers Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat explore the tension between embodied presence, intimacy, privacy and trust in current social-technological systems. They radically turn upside down automated control technologies, bio-feedback and sensory perception, to create ‘Trust-Systems’ for intimate meeting experiences.

Edwin Dertien, Assistant Professor and creative roboticist. He has a fascination for robotics, and has worked on several projects involving (autonomous) robots, both from an engineering or artistic interest.
Since 2006 his company ‘Kunst- en Techniekwerk’ (making art work) has been providing the technical backbone in art-projects, ranging from robot-arms for sci-fi movies to autonomous GPS track drawing robots also realising various autonomous art works, big moving sculptures and weird installations for festivals and expositions.

Peter-Paul Verbeek, professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy and co-director of the DesignLab at the University of Twente, will close with closing words and reflections on the topic and the evening

More details on program and RSVP for the meetup here.

 

Hope to see you all at DesignLab UTwente October 4!