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SOFT(Symposium on Fashion Technology), 6-9 October 2014

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I went to the Royal Academy of Art (The Hauge) in the Neterlands for a keynote speach in Symposium on Fashion Technology (SOFT) in last week.
It was such a delightful talk with many artists, designers, professors and students about future, technology and wearable.
See the list of people who involved with the symposium below, and find their projects and researchs if you are interested in wearables!

 

Program
6 & 7 October 2014
Masterclasses by Marije Baalman & KOBAKANT
Royal Academy Of Art, Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague

 

8 October 2014
Symposium @ Royal Academy of Art
Keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Anneke Smelik (Radboud Universiteit, NL) and Soomi Park (multimedia kunstenaar en ontwerper UK/KR)
And: Marije Baalman, Meg Grant, Kobakant, Ebru Kurbak, Ricardo O’Nacsimento, Danielle Roberts, Dieter Vandoren, Lianne Touissant (moderator).
Free Entrance

 

9 October 2014
Symposium @ Volkshotel, Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam
Keynote speaker: Asta Roseway (Microsoft Research Lab)
And: Eef Lubbers, Paulien Routs, Piem Wirtz, Local Androids
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The Republic of Privacy project website is now online!

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The Republic of Privacy project website is now online!
You can see all the project in one sight and follow all the stories in the nation.
Please visit, and enjoy the republic!

http://therepublicofprivacy.org

 

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Wired.co.uk

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An article about LED Eyelash at the Wired.co.uk.

To read full article, please see the link below:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-10/23/light-up-the-room-with-luscious-led-lashes

 

 

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Design Milk

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An article about the LED Eyelash from Design Milk.

Read full article from this link:

http://design-milk.com/led-eyelashes-by-soomi-park/

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Design Interactions 2013 website is ready.

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The website of projects from this year’s Design Interactions graduates is now live:

di13.rca.ac.uk

Please visit and see the works of us.

 

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SHOW RCA 2013

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Show RCA 2013 begins with the Fashion Show on 29 May, and continues from 20 to 30 June, in six buildings across the College’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington.

I am presenting my recent project ‘The Republic of Privacy’ in the show, please come visit and share your opinion with me!

Please see more information via the link below:

http://show2013.rca.ac.uk

 

 

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An article about LED Eyelash in Daily Mail (UK).

To read more, please visit the link below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2289603/LED-false-eyelashes-glow-dark-contact-lenses-Batman-symbol-nightclubs-Face-future.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

 

 

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London Korean Times_ Interview

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A recent interview with London Korean Times.

Please see the link below to read the interview:

http://www.koreantimes.org/the-technological-art-of-soomi-park/

 

 

 

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TEDxVienna – Sabine Seymour – Functional Aesthetics

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Since LED Eyelash was included in her book Functional Aesthetics, the author, Sabine Seymour, was mentioning LED Eyelash in her speech at the TEDxVienna in 2010.

 

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Designite Magazine Interview

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A recent interview with Designite Magazine, please see the following link to read :

http://www.designitemag.com/interview-with-soomi-park/

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Zombie Expert_ Frank Swain

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Lay Artist

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The advent of ‘Lay artist’ in the new media age

Art signifies creative human practices that produce aesthetic works. Therefore, artists are ‘people who engage in the creation of art’. In the past, those who created aesthetic works under the categories of painting, sculpture, and crafts were called artists. But since the 20th century, people who generated new thoughts and concepts in the fields of art, music, literature, dance, and so on took over the status of artists. New types of art such as photography, film, media art, game, fashion, etc., rose one after the other. The boundaries and concept of art, except for the common ground that art signifies ‘creative human practices’, is constantly transforming/expanding even at this moment. Thus, the phrase ‘Everyone is an Artist’ implies that all of those engaged in creative practices are artists.

Creative practices do not simply indicate preexisting boundaries of art. There is a former engineer who worked as a Creative Commons activist for copyright sharing and ultimately became an artist who kindly shares her own drawings. There also is a multicultural theater company which members shed the biased social minority image that was given to them and stood tall as proud actors. Disabled artists, who had difficulties looking at their own exhibition, met with non-disabled artists and threw a festival with their collaboration artworks, and a ‘visually impaired band’ was reborn as a ‘office worker band with nothing to see or lose’ and went onstage in front of the whole nation.  The achievements of all of these people are creative practices. Thus, the phrase ‘Everyone is an Artist’ goes beyond the original areas of art.

Tree Planet, which kills two birds with one stone by planting an actual tree in the desert when a tree is grown in a mobile application; an open source crowd map, Ushahidi, which creates a joint map by gathering information from individuals through the Internet; a social game, Free Rice, which donates rice every time a quiz is answered correctly – these are all projects that splendidly combine digital media and social change. Organizations such as Kiple and Kozaza experiment with ‘a sharing economy’ which is more meaningful than an owned business: ‘Miracle Bookshelf-BOOKGIVE’ that distributed around 100,000 books across the country employing just the service of SNS and voluntary participation – these are all doers who construct innovative models. All of them are creative activists, hence ‘Artists’.

Opening on September 4th 2012, Art Center Nabi’s exhibition «Lay artist» boasts a thousand participating artists in accordance with the title. But September 2012 is also the biennale season in the Korean art world. Gwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale, Daegu Photo Biennale, as well as Seoul International Media Art Biennale, all open in September. As you all know, biennales are comprised of star artists with recognition from the international art world. That being said, Art Center Nabi’s exhibition «Lay artist» is an instance of an ‘anti-biennale’, since it is an exhibition with not only media artists recognized in the art world, but also artists from the general public, or ‘Lay Artists’.

‘Lay Artist’ is a new word coined from layman, which signifies general people or commoners. These people are leading agents who transform themselves and the society through creative practices in their fields, regardless of the art world’s evaluation on their works. They are the quiet leaders of the so-called ‘Everyday Life Revolution’ and at the same time the epitome of next-generation artists acknowledged by Art Center Nabi. The existence of Lay Artist is even more noteworthy as it is evidence that everyone has a creative spirit, a revolutionary seed, the DNA of an artist. (via Artcenter Nabi)

 

One my wearable art pieces, Swing Skirt, will be shown in the Lay Artist with other amazing artists works. Surely it will be a great art festival to see and experience the bunch of art conference, performance and art and design pieces in Seoul which will open in 4th September.

 

To visit Artcenter Nabi’s website to see more information.

http://www.nabi.or.kr

 

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