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 SoftLab is a space dedicated to the research and development of artistic projects using soft-circuits and wearable technology in the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DxArts) at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


SoftLab First Meeting

SoftLab First Meeting

 The softLab first meeting happened on Saturday March 3rd, 2018.  From left to right: Daniela Rosner, Chun Shao, Chanhee Choi, and Stevie Koepp. 

The softLab first meeting happened on Saturday March 3rd, 2018. From left to right: Daniela Rosner, Chun Shao, Chanhee Choi, and Stevie Koepp. 

A few weeks ago, the members of the softLab gathered for their first official meeting. We discussed our respective vision, expectations, and wishes for this new research space.

Things we talked about, in no specific order: 

  • To make space for theory and theoretical understandings of what "soft" means in technological, artistic, and craft making contexts;
  • To provide feedback on projects and organize peer-to-peer discussions;
  • Schedule skill sharing sessions;
  • To make the softLab a resource space for people inside and outside UW (local practitioners, artists, researchers, tinkerers, makers and thinkers of all backgrounds);  
  • To equip this emerging community with a physical space to meet up and collaborate; 
  • To organize monthly "making nights" to simply group, share and make together. 

We also started a mind map around the notion of "soft", to see in which directions it could go.

 Softness and its correlates. Very productive!

Softness and its correlates. Very productive!

We ended the session with some skill sharing! Afroditi showed us how to use the digital knitting machine.

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More gatherings, fun and news to come! 

 
 

- Gabrielle

eTextile Spring Break camp at The Wassaic Project

eTextile Spring Break camp at The Wassaic Project

Loop Pa Pow Project by Chanhee Choi

Loop Pa Pow Project by Chanhee Choi