Thursday 29 May 2008 / 12 noon - 5 pm
Horizon Scotland / Forres, Scotland Free of charge
Interested in what's going on at Distance Lab? At our "Open Studio"
events we show you how we're pushing the limits of technology and
design to overcome the disadvantages of distance. We also expose you
to some of the most innovative research ideas and personalities from
other parts of the world.
This third Open Studio event follows a similar pattern to our earlier
oversubscribed events. The day will include invited presentations by
two cutting-edge investigators:
Peter Schmitt is a PhD candidate in the Smart Cities group at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in the
USA. His work focuses on pushing the limits of digital fabrication
techniques for applications ranging from car design to artistic
production. He will discuss how machines (such as CNC machines and
3D printers) can be a direct tool and augmentation of people's
creativity, craftsmanship and artistic expression rather than simply
a means to amplify production and quantities beyond human
capacities, thereby eliminating the human from the equation.
Peter’s interest in fabrication is based on his work at the Academy
of Fine Arts, Duesseldorf, where he earned a Diploma in Fine Arts.
Di Mainstone creates
interactive couture garments that playfully explore human behaviour.
She will be discussing her evolution from established London-based
fashion designer to nomadic creator of "Haute Tech". More
specifically she will be looking at a selection of her work in the
field of interactive fashion including Company Keeper, Emotional Ties,
Skorpions and ShareWear. She will also give an introduction to the
upcoming TraveLight project to be completed at Distance Lab over the
summer. Di will reflect upon the relevance of this kind of work in
both the world of research and fashion as well as discuss her plans
for the future. Di was trained in fashion design at Central Saint
Martins College of Art and Design, London, and has created work in
the past for Topshop, Urban Outfitters, and Jimmy Choo.
A light lunch and presentations will be followed by open studio time
during which you can visit our lab space, check out our equipment,
talk to our researchers, and see our latest project demonstrations.