Poligon & Anselma, Ljubljana
01 – 30 September 2016
PIFpack is a proposal for an electronic textiles workbench packaged into a backpack. The design is inspired by observations and experiences from a week of hacking in the Slovenian alps during PIFcamp 2016. The modular design of the backpack will allow you to customize it to the specific needs of your practice, as well as reconfigure the contents of the backpack or the layout of the studio every time you pack and unpack it.
During a one month residency at Ljudmila in September 2016, I want to develop a final version of the backpack and produce documentation so that it can be replicated by others. Every week I could hold open studio days for anybody interested in the project to get involved either in making their own version, or providing input and feedback on the design as it evolves. Towards the end of the residency I will run a workshop in which participants will be able to build their own PIFpack versions and document these to feed back into the project.
This work is part of A Wearable Studio Practice, which aims to package the work environment of a typical Electronic Textiles studio into a series of portable items that can be worn or carried on the body. By providing functionality normally contained in static furniture and architectural infrastructure, these items allow the e-textiles engineer to become nomadic in her practice.
Hannah Perner-Wilson: PIFpack, 2016
A Wearable Electronics Lab
Production: Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory (Tina Dolinšek) and Projekt Atol Institute.
Co-production: Poligon Creative Center
Supported by the Slovene Ministry of Culture, MOL – Department for Culture and JSKD.
Residency is part of Changing Weathers project, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
In her work Hannah Perner-Wilson combines conductive materials and craft techniques to develop new styles of building electronics that emphasize materiality and process. She creates working prototypes to demonstrate the kinds of electronic artifacts we might build for ourselves in a world of electronic diversity. A significant part her my work goes into documenting and disseminating my techniques so that they can be applied by others. Since 2006 she has been collaborating with Mika Satomi, forming the collective KOBAKANT. In 2009 they published an online database titled How To Get What You Want, where they share their textile sensor designs and DIY approach to E-Textiles.
Hannah received a B.Sc. in Industrial Design from the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and an M.Sc. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where she was a student in the High-Low Tech research group. Her thesis work focused on developing, documenting and disseminating a Kit-of-No-Parts approach to building electronics.