Soft Computation and Physical Interaction Workshop
Monday, 31 July, 9 am - 6 pm
(sign-up available Sunday, 30 July, 1 pm)
Joanna Berzowska
XS Labs and Concordia University
Marcelo Coelho
XS Labs

The field of electronic textiles (also called "smart fabrics") is quite fashionable right now.

On one end of the spectrum, there are pragmatic applications such as military research into interactive camouflage or textiles with nanobots that can heal wounded soldiers. On the other end of the spectrum, artists and designers are working in the area of reactive clothes: "second skins" that can adapt to the environment and to the wearers; express aspects of wearers' personalities, needs, and desires; and represent aggregate social information.

This one-day workshop introduces participants to the idea of electronic textiles and to the principles of soft-circuit design through hands-on demos and experimentation. Each attendee will build a squeezable "soft switch" (a simple interactive textile with stitched sensors and beaded components).

This is an exceptional opportunity to work with Joanna Berzowska, an internationally renowned artist in the field of electronic textiles, and her team from XS Labs. However, due to the cost of the materials involved in offering this workshop, the artists may need to charge a reasonable materials fee for participating in the workshop. Participants will take home the work they create in this workshop!

Pod Casting Workshops
Sunday, 30 July - 1 August

The Pod Casting workshops explore various approaches for developing and creating content for podcasts:

Recordings of Place: Creating a Memoir of a Location Cynthia Beth Rubin
Sunday, 30 July, 1 - 2 pm
From Atget's Paris, photographs of architectural details, interior spaces, and broad exterior views, generally without people. Emphasis is on the spirit of the cityscapes as drama.

Podcasting Emptiness Into a Sea of Fullness, Yearning for a Moment of Rest
Daniel Peltz
Monday, 31 July, 9:30 -10:30 am
Designing a silent intervention: Free writing, based on a series of prompts, to further clarify the quality of the silence you're interested in finding or creating. Find or make a pocket of silent darkness somewhere in SIGGRAPH 2006. Format your silent darkness for podcast.

Drawing From Memory; Drawing Into the Computer
Copper Frances Giloth
Monday, 31 July, 2 - 3 pm
A demonstration of using a podcast as a slide show that appears to be animated, because it is made up of a series of related images. Users input images and then, working together on the compiling process, add visual effects.

Captain's Log: SIGGRAPH as Experience
Jim Demmers
Tuesday, 1 August, 9:30 - 10:30 am
How can we go beyond ordinary reporting? How can we use the interviewing process as a vehicle to further social interactions and understanding among people with divergent cultural experiences?

Participants begin by answering seven questions to determine their cultural experience: age group, gender, region or country, language(s) their great grandparents spoke as their first language, the continent their ancestors came from, political identification, area of computer graphics. Then 30-second video interviews are conducted with SIGGRAPH 2006 attendees who provide different answers to at least four of the questions on cultural experience. The focus of the interviews is their experience at the conference. Workshop participants will then edit and compile the interviews as podcasts.

Change the World in Five Minutes
Colette Gaiter
Tuesday, 1 August, 2 - 3 pm A demonstration of using a podcast to elicit responses, then making a new video podcast and updating it periodically after collecting video stories from conference attendees. This project involves users in the round trip of a podcast as a generator and recorder of responses within a relatively short period of time.

Interactive Documentary Workshop
Monday, 31 July - Tuesday, 1 August, 11:30 am - 1 pm and 4 - 5:30 pm; Wednesday, 2 August, 10:30 am - noon
Lead Presenter: Steve Anderson<
Presenters: Holly Willis, Eric Gordon, Erin O'Brien

This hands-on workshop introduces attendees to the art and technique of designing interactive documentaries for publication on DVD or the web. Each attendee will leave the session with a working interactive documentary and the ability to add features or create new projects using free, downloadable software. Bring your own Quicktime files or work with media that will be provided.

Photoshop Workshops
Beginning level: Monday, 31 July, 10:30 am; Tuesday, 1 August, 3 pm; Thursday, 3 August, 9 am
Intermediate level: Monday, 31 July, 3 pm; Wednesday, 2 August, 9:30 am; Thursday, 3 August, 1 pm
Advanced level: Tuesday, 1 August, 10:30 am; Wednesday, 2 August, 2 pm
Presenter: Steven Burns

Wet Transfer Workshop With Dorothy Simpson Krause
Tuesday, 1 August, 2 - 3 pm
Collaboration Area

In this workshop, Dorothy Simpson Krause discusses and deconstructs the process of making a wet transfer from digital source materials, and leads attendees through the process of creating their own digital transfers.

Dorothy Simpson Krause is a painter, collage artist, and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous periodicals and books. She is professor emerita at Massachusetts College of Art, where she founded the Computer Arts Center, and a member of Digital Atelier, an artists collaborative, with Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke. She is also the co-author, with Lhotka and Schminke, of Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials, Watson-Guptill, 2004.