Toronto Wearables Meetup 1

Location of the Wearables Meetup
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 1:00am

Our first meeting will provide a casual opportunity to discuss what's happening in Toronto and connect with others. Those working in the field are encouraged to bring images or projects to share. These conversations will serve to strengthen existing connections, reveal new ones, and inform the structure of future Meetups to come.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7701
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 2

Wearable Sample
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 1:00am

Kamerflage -  Connor Dickie

Kameraflage Inc. has developed patent-pending display technology that exploits a digital image sensor's natural ability to see more colours than the human eye.

By rendering content both in the visible and invisible spectrum, Kameraflage displays enable an Augmented Reality experience accessible to anyone with a standard digital camera or camera-phone, without the need for an internet connection or installing an app.

Pong Prom - Ed Keeble

Pong Prom is an art project designed to produce an experience which is at once competitive and collaborative. Participants don specially-designed hoodies and engage in a game of Pong by slow dancing with each other.

Non-Standard Bodies – Mike Tissenbaum & Ginger Coons

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7301
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 3

Wearable Sample
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 11:00pm

Robert Lendrum

Robert Lendrum is an artist working in video and documentary. He also works as a graphic designer in television broadcast for the CBC. He holds a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. He has exhibited and screened his work throughout Canada and the United States at venues such as the Images Festival, Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Gallery TPW, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Eye Level Gallery, Spark Art Space, as well as at the Sixth Annual Brakhage Symposium in Boulder, Colorado. His video work is distributed by Vtape.

Angella Mackey

Angella Mackey is a Canadian with a diverse background in new media art, electronics, fashion and product design. Vega is based in Gothenburg, Sweden where Angella currently lives and works.

Oldouz Moslemian

Oldouz Moslemian is a Toronto-based textile designer and artist. She graduated from OCAD University in 2010 with a BDes in Material Art & Design with a concentration in Fibre.

Moslemian uses textiles as her primary site of exploration while incorporating other materials and technologies into the structure of her work to create unique fabrics that react to the surrounding environment. In 2010, she was granted funding form Canada’s National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to further develop her projects. Currently she is a resident of Social Body Lab at OCAD University, developing her new body of work.

In her practice, Moslemian collapses the boundaries of science, engineering, and craft to create artworks that imbue meaning onto textiles while shedding light on their transformative value as artifacts that carry within them societal knowledge.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7301
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 4

Sample of a wearable
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:00pm

Eric Boyd is the founder of Sensebridge, an electronic jewelry company.  He was born and raised in Ontario Canada, on a small chicken farm.  He attended Queens University for engineering, graduating in 2003, but not before co-founding StumbleUpon.com. After graduating, he lived and worked in Silicon Valley at a high tech startup, designing industrial sensors and helping install them at semi-conductor fabs across the United States.  He now lives and works in Toronto Canada, where he is President of Hacklab.to, a technology community space.  At Sensebridge, Eric works on a variety of devices which are intended to augment the user, turning them into a cyborg.  These devices include North Paw, a compass anklet that gives users a sense of direction, and Heart Spark, a heart-beat flashing pendant which broadcasts the wearers emotions.

In his spare time, Eric is Dean of the Toronto Awesome Foundation, which gives away $1000 each month to support an awesome project somewhere in Toronto.  His favorites include the Toronto Kiss Map and Cardboard Fort Night.  His other hobbies include Quantified Self and Guerrilla Gardening.

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Toronto Wearables Meetup 5

Sample of a wearable
Monday, October 4, 2010 - 11:00pm

Sean Montgomery was born in Northern California and is currently living outside New York City. He has recently completed a PhD in Neuroscience, in which he studied how brain rhythms coordinate local and distant networks of neurons in the hippocampus to orchestrate encoding and retrieval of episodic memories.

Venue & Address: 
Site 3, 718R Ossington Ave
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 6

Sample of a wearable
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 1:00am

Angella Mackey is an independent Canadian clothing designer currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Angella studied, practised, and played in the field of new media and electronic art for almost a decade in Toronto, Canada. In 2007 she set her sights on clothing, inspired by artists working with soft electronics and textiles. Since then her mission has been to create hyper-functional garments, never sacrificing style. Angella’s Vega line of illuminated coats debuted in March 2011.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7602
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 7

Sample of a wearable
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:00pm to Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 1:00am

Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based new media artist whose work explores custom software in a performative context. Powered by humor and computer vision, his work wryly critiques the uneasy relationship between technology and the body while playfully engaging the protocols of digital media (Greg J Smith, Rhizome). His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals internationally including recent exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, The Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea, the Zero01 San Jose Biennial, and NIMk in Amsterdam. He received his MFA in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University in 2006.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7602
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 9

Wearable Sample
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Isabel Pedersen B.A., M.A., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Design at Ryerson University.  Pedersen’s research explores reality-shifting media (wearable devices and the intent to augment the real with the virtual). It attends to justifications for near as well as far future reality-shifting devices like brain interfaces and augmented memory applications in order to understand the (trans)human implications for society. Isabel will be speaking about her research in this area.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7602
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 10

Wearable Sample
Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Ever wanted to play with conductive paint, make conductive pom-poms, and experiment with paper circuits? In this special installation of the Toronto Wearables Meetup, we invite you to celebrate the holiday season with us and a pile of conductive materials. We will show you how to construct paper circuit holiday cards for friends and loved ones -- even your dog Skippy. There will be a special presentation by Eric Boyd focusing on new materials on the market. The rest of the time will be hands-on fun and experimentation in the spirit of the holidays. P.S.There will be cookies.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7602
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Toronto Wearables Meetup 11

Wearable Sample
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Marisa Ranalli is an electronic textile artist. She focuses on relating interaction with her work to themes of deep sea life, human biology, and light. Marisa’s intimate knowledge of textile processes and construction allows her to integrate electronic components into textiles in an aesthetically pleasing and functional manner. Through design consideration and intricate construction, the electronic components become part of the textile, making the distinction unrecognizable.

Marisa has had her work displayed at the Textile Museum of Canada in an exhibition called 'Super Wired' (2008). She has also shown her explorations in electronic textiles at a solo show titled ‘Siphonophorae’ at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (2010). Marisa is a graduate of the Crafts and Design program at Sheridan College (2009) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2010), majoring in Textiles at both.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 7602
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