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Cloud Workshop

The future of wearable technology is here. Mass markets are rapidly adapting and transitioning from portable (mobile phones, tablets) to wearable (Google glass and motion sensors) devices. Wearables that live on, near or in our bodies give rise to a previously unimagined level of data about users and the environment. By enabling the connection of divergent data sets, wearables provide life-augmenting levels of interactivity that could benefit and enrich the ways that we understand individual and community wellbeing.

The inaugural Cloud Workshop challenges a selection of art and design students from the Asia-Pacific region to envision the future of wearable technology for the well-being of users. Projects will cast future scenarios for wearable technologies that harness the power of cloud computing to enrich connections between citizens of Australia and Hong Kong.

HIF Cloud workshop is brought to you by the AVA Wearables Lab, Hong Kong Baptist University in partnership with School of Design, Queensland University of Technology and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. It is an undergraduate version of the Haptic InterFace workshop.

 

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Collaborators


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Project Leaders

Dr Tricia Flanagan | Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. Patricia Flanagan is an artist who has been exhibiting internationally since the mid 1990’s and is represented in private and public collections in Australia, Ireland, Germany, Italy and China. She is the winner of four CASP funded Public Art commissions, a UGCTD Grant to develop PIPA; representative for Oceania at the Tournai Contemporary Textiles Biennial Belgium; recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award and winner of The Max Fabre Foundation Award for Environmental Awareness. She completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Art) University of Newcastle Australia; Master of Art (Visual Art) Bauhaus University Weimar; Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Associate Diploma awarded with honours (Fashion Design). Dr. Flanagan established the Wearables Lab at the Academy of Visual Art at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009 where she currently works as Assistant Professor.

Dr Rafael Gomez | Queensland University of Technology

As an Industrial Design lecturer at QUT, Dr Gomez researches at the intersection of design and emotional experience and is a leader in this area collaborating with colleagues in Australia, Hong Kong, Germany and The Netherlands. He has made strong contributions to new knowledge in the area of emotion design, specifically in the qualitative and longitudinal approach and methods that are a core component of his research. He established the Design and Emotion Australia Chapter (Brisbane), the only chapter of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Region, and currently sits on the board as Chair. He is also Design and Emotion theme leader for the People and Systems Lab at QUT. Beyond his academic activities Dr Gomez has extensive design experience having worked across aviation, construction, medical, government and consumer electronics. He is founder and director of Propaganda Mill – a multidisciplinary design company spanning the areas of industrial design, graphic design, projection graphics and augmented reality.

Rebekah Davis | Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Beck convenes the Product Design major at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and researches early stage design, including how designers collaborate and respond to complex problems. Previously, Beck was a research fellow and lecturer of sustainability, design methods, design-led innovation and social change Queensland University of Technology; and DIA State Councillor, 3D Design Portfolio. Recently, she co-authored the Government funded Arts Queensland report 'Knowledge Economy Market Development Mapping Study' and co-founded LiveSpace, a studio for socially and environmentally responsible design. In addition to Cloud workshop, she is co-organising  'E-waste Autopsy' a digital interactive installation focusing on design, technology, distribution, repair and material culture at Queensland Museum.

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A collaboration led by three universities in the Asia-Pacific region including Visual Arts Academy, Hong Kong Baptist University; School of Design, Queensland University of Technology; and Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University.

Expert Collaborators

Paul Bardini | Product Designer / Tech Support
Griffith University

Tom Blackwell | Industrial Designer
Design Collaborator

Dean Brough | Senior Lecturer
Queensland University of Technology

Hanson Cheah | Managing Partner
Silk Road

Dan Cook | Hack Catalyst
The Edge, State Library of Queensland

External Partners

Karine Emanouel | Fashion Designer
Queensland University of Technology

Dr Ben Kraal | Lecturer
Queensland University of Technology

Bruce Qin | Software Engineer
Seeed Studio

Yihui Xiong | Software Engineer
Seeed Studio

Dr Kening Zhu | Interaction Designer
City University of Hong Kong

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HIF Clour Workshop is supported by Seeed Studios, The Woolmark Company, Design Institute of Australia and The Edge, State Library of Queensland.

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Details


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Details

The project will be run as a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural activity consisting of Industrial and Product Design, Visual Arts, Interaction and Visual Design and Fashion Design students working in collaborative teams of 3-4 consisting of students from each institution.

Students will attend an intensive 6.5 day workshop led by the project coordinators. In the first two days students will be presented with theory and information relevant to the workshop theme and then they will have 2 weeks to collaborate, design and prototype future visions of wearable technologies that will answer the brief provided. They will be provided guidance by professional experts in various fields including design, arts, fashion, digital technologies and industry.

To conclude, an exhibition will be held at both locations simultaneously to present the cutting-edge ideas and showcase the work to the community.

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