Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ap­proach to Wear­ables Pro­duc­tion


Session Title:

  • Open Culture + Wearables

Presentation Title:

  • Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ap­proach to Wear­ables Pro­duc­tion




  • Panel: Open Culture + Wearables

    V2_ is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary cen­ter for art and media tech­nol­ogy in Rot­ter­dam (the Nether­lands). At V2_Lab, artists, tech­ni­cians and sci­en­tists work to­gether to pro­duce art pro­jects that make use of new tech­nolo­gies. V2_Lab is a place for artis­tic Re­search and De­vel­op­ment (aRt&D) and cre­ates generic tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions that are rel­e­vant to the fields of art and cul­ture. The re­sults are pub­lished and made avail­able under open-source li­censes when­ever pos­si­ble. De­vel­oped hard­ware and soft­ware is doc­u­mented on­line and avail­able to use or mod­ify to any­one who is in­ter­ested to use it. Shar­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing knowl­edge is one of V2_Lab’s pri­or­i­ties, be­sides co-cre­at­ing new media art­works. V2_Lab has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with work­ing in in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary teams. The Lab crew sup­ports artists to re­al­ize their pro­jects, from con­cept to work­ing pro­to­type. Work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively on art pro­jects guar­an­tees chal­leng­ing group dy­nam­ics and often re­sults in in­no­v­a­tive art­works.

    Artists, de­sign­ers, tech­ni­cians and de­vel­op­ers share the same goal: cre­ate a work­ing pro­to­type of an in­ter­est­ing con­cep­tual idea, which needs to be fully func­tion­ing and ready to pre­sent to an au­di­ence within a short pe­riod of time. The Sum­mer Ses­sions (brief, in­tense artist-in-res­i­den­cies for young and promis­ing artists) are a good ex­am­ple of this work­flow. V2_ Lab sup­ports the in­di­vid­ual artist both tech­ni­cally and con­cep­tu­ally. Se­lected artists have a per­sonal coach to guide them dur­ing the Sum­mer Ses­sions and the Lab de­vel­op­ers give all their en­ergy to make it hap­pen. In weekly meet­ings, the whole team gives feed­back on the de­sign and ideas, to get a max­i­mum re­sult. Some­times con­fronting, but al­ways di­rected to­wards a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the ne­ces­sity to cre­ate a spe­cific work. Piem will talk about her ex­pe­ri­ence with su­per­vis­ing in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary aRt&D processes and the ef­forts of V2_Lab to be­come a cen­tral hub for wear­able tech­nol­ogy.