Block 2: Sensing EMFs through textiles

Given by Afroditi Psarra and Martin De Bie.

This workshop encompasses the idea of intersecting science and art through e-textiles and wearables, by creating handmade technological artefacts that can sense electromagnetic fields.
EMF schematic

After a  presentation of references projects and technologies that we will use, the participants will experiment with two different circuits. One acts as an amplifier that can pick up LF transmissions and make them audible (1) and the other, ATtiny-based detector, provides sonic, haptic and visual feedback of the picked-up interference (2). Furthermore the participants will engage on prototyping their own hand-crafted antennas using their desired crafting technique – embroidery, crochet, knitting etc. The creation of these unique artefacts will permit the participants to immerse their bodies to their surroundings through a playful exploration of art, tradition, science and technology. After experience through this different element, we will exchange about experience of everyone.

(1) EMF amplifier

(2) ATtiny-based EMF detector

Find all the documentation following this link.

One of the results:





Divergence is a project curated by Shulea Cheang, part of the Eleonora 2014 Residency The Soft, the Hard and the Wet that has been developed at STWST in Linz, Austria on June 2014.
More informations here.

EMF topography extract of the project XYZ(t)*-a by Ivan Twohig and Martin De Bie

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