Fictional eTextile

When we talk about the future vision of eTextile and technology, I can not help feeling the lack of story telling. With the help of design fiction/speculative design as method, can we create the story of future with eTextiles? Is it going to be a Utopia? or a Dystopia?

Softopia >> http://etextile-summercamp.org/2016/theme/

keywords: Utopia, Softopia, design fiction, speculative design, Science Fiction

10 Responses to Fictional eTextile

  1. Aniela says:

    Aniela would like to be part in this group as she is interested in how we could use textiles in the future. Why are we using technology in textiles? What could be the long term effect if everything is connected to everyone? Are textiles getting a life of their own?
    For here there is a link with harvesting textiles as well, since she is both working with technology and microbiology.
    And she looks forward to hear what others think on this topic.

  2. Martin says:

    I like the universe of eTextile because is a perfect junction between technologies and artisanal craft technics. This hybridization bring us to redefine a new kind of art&craft and our everyday relation with technology, following this path to create new uses. This news affordances let’s us imagine innovative and futuristic scenario, upon our behaviour. eTextile is a fertile field to exchange about speculative project.
    Last year, we start with the focus group [Make your tech and wear/use it too?] (http://etextile-summercamp.org/2015/category/focus-groups/make-your-tech-and-wearuse-it-too/) to speak about this aspect of our practice which was super interesting and inspiring. I’m really happy to see a focus group on this theme this year and i will be delighted to be part of it.

  3. Audrey says:

    Hello Fictional eTextile Focus Group !
    I would to take part of this focus group because I began to be interested in electronic textile to be capable of understanding it, developing so a critical mind which is based and to transmit a knowledge in eTextile with a luggage which discusses their positioning.
    Having grown in a lifestyle which we can qualify of decreasing I was interested early by the skepticism about new technologies and innovations.
    Preparing at present a diploma, I thought at first of turning towards the questioning of the practices of human improvements but reading Sherry Turkle et Dorian Neerdael, the one showing how the new technologies modify our human relationships and the other one underlining the lack of philosophic paper on the new technologies I ask myself now: Why is such an influence so little discussed?
    To answer it I chosen thus to go back to the genesis of the meeting of textile and computing to question finally our relationship with the closer and closer development of the technologies with the body. If the textile is the first thing in which we wrap the body at the birth, by going out of the bath or after the death, and that textile and the technologies are closely linked, shall we find normal to apply technologies to the body?
    Beginning theses researches on the origins of textile and electronic I look forward to discuss with my group about the future of these, which is our role in this future story and what we want to carry though the ages about eTextiles.

  4. Afroditi says:

    Hello everyone!

    I would like to join this group as I am very interested in embedding narratives within textiles, mixing pop culture and science fiction in my work. I believe that eTextiles can be used as a subversive mechanism (-c0nnection to the subversive techniques group) to talk about the future as they incorporate the idea of tradition and craftsmanship with materials’ science, physics, electronics etc. and it’s our duty as practitioners to be critical about what we produce in order to help shape the future of this field. Also, I find that speculative design techniques have an educational character that can be applied in workshops and seminars to cultivate creative thinking and nourish the next generation of practitioners.

    On a conceptual level I feel that since eTextiles is a discipline that evolves around the notion of the extension of the human body and its physical attributes, the techniques in which textiles/wearables become “intelligent” and new handmade traditions are being invented through diy/diwo methodologies, so we must ask ourselves where is this post-human condition in which we live in the current state leading towards?

    Softopia could may well be a combination of utopian ideals flourishing in dystopian landscapes.

    Regardless of the outcome I am super-excited to be on-board for the ride…

  5. Barbro says:

    Dear group,
    I would like to join this group as I am interested in discussing possible or impossible e-textile futures, and the impact on human beings. I can see the beauty and poetry, but often in the scenarios I end up fearing the big data and surveillance problematic…but there should be more! Another aspect for me in this context is that E-Textiles have been around for quite a while already, but there was still no ‘revolution’ in the market…I propose that (among other reasons) there is a lack of visions for softopia. Which might be good on one point…? However. As Afroditi says, ‘it’s our duty as practitioners to be critical about what we produce’ so I would like to go on speculating about the future to consider what we are working on and in which context.
    However I feel this topic connected to the subversive group, maybe textiles and e-textiles have the power to change.
    I am curious where our discussions will lead to, let’s go sci fi!

  6. Anna Blumenkranz says:

    Hi! I would love to join the group as well!
    I feel that critical practices within e-textiles are rather under-represented and there is a lot of potential and, actually, an urgent need to speculate about the future and possible scenarios! Especially given the fact that e-textiles are more and more absorbed by the fash-tech couture glam, non-critical technologists, etc.

    I would also love to explore the cultural and political implications of e-textiles. I’d be intrigued to play around with the idea of a new softtopic society with new daily routines, traditions, communication processes, etc. Maybe we can create some kind of a retro-future scenario.

    I think this topic is very rich and can lead us into various directions, all of which are exciting! Being big fan of dystopias, I’m looking forward to this playground of ideas ))

  7. Ingo says:

    great topic! i’m in.

  8. Tincuta says:

    ​Hi,
    I am interested in this topic since technology cannot exist out of fictional endeavour. I also think that both the users’ lack of acceptance of e-textiles, as well as the lack of critical perspective on the side of technical development are caused by lack of founding stories of e-textiles, being them about products, practises, uses and counter-uses of e-textiles.

  9. Liza says:

    Hi hi! I’d love to join as well!
    I am fascinated by the intersection of fabric and folklore, craft and ritual, electronics and emerging technologies. In forming the utopias of the future, leaders and societies often evoke ideals of the past. The emotions conjured by such nostalgia are powerful social tokens when combined with visions of the future. How can we form new stories through e-textiles that articulate these intersections? If e-textiles is firmly couched in extending the body, what role can they also play in extending (and grounding? or floating?) our sense of identity and self? In terms of practice and approach, I am especially interested in using play as a lens for critique.
    On another note, I’m also very interested in the educational aspect of this topic as Afroditi mentioned above ^^. How can we develop tools for concepting and prototyping to use with students that will encourage them to explore the aesthetics and functionality of e-textiles more deeply? I have a few to share and I want to hear yours. Feel like this could be a cross cutting idea over the camp :)
    Excited for this! \o/

  10. Ana Piñeyro says:

    Hi everyone!
    I’d also like to join this group… sorry for showing up so late.
    I am interested in exploring how adaptive and responsive materials and technologies might influence our mind-set, worldview and experience. How would we feel when objects around us are aware of our moods and thoughts and act accordingly? What would “accordingly” mean? Is such a scenario something we would like to see?
    Looking forward to meeting you all and discussing further with you!
    See you soon,
    Ana

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