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Week 11 March 26, 2020

Gendering of Textual/Textile Production

“Interface” from Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

Lisa Nakamura “Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture” PDF

Excerpt from Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace PDF in our class google drive folder

This two-person TP presentation is about making connections between your own folkways and 21st century wearable tech. Please have at-hand conductive thread, Lilypad Dev board, LEDs, Lilypad battery holder, a micro USB adaptor, and battery as well as some selected fabric or a textile object or your cross stitch. 

Sherron and Lauren write that “Lilypad wearable technology is a textual practice that extends authorship and text physicality into a temporal dimension. While a book, painting, or similar text may exist in different instantiations covering many editions, renditions, and media, each individual instant of the text is static and whole–even a fragment is whole unto itself. Dunne (2004) stated,”wearable technology describes many different forms of body mounted technology, including wearable computers, smart clothing, and functional clothing” (p.5). By incorporating technology imbued with ever changing light or sound pulses into wearable texts, Lilypad technology draws attention to and creates emphasis on certain moments in time and sections of reality. According to Ryan (2014), “to wear technological enhancements or devices is to advance the language of dress in specific ways that converge with cultural dimensions of technology and as a result to become culturally staying within a technological literate environment” (p.1) Devices such as the Lilypad are created for non-specialist use and do not require a technician or manufacturing plant to be produced or programmed, thus allowing for greater individual garment-based communication and more control on the part of the author as to the life and dissemination of the already-authored text.”