Mouna Andraos is an interaction designer working on the relationship between people and technology in various mediums including web, mobile, electronics and wearables and applying ideas of softness, intimacy and uniqueness to the electronic spaces and objects that are increasingly inhabiting our personal environments. She worked for five years with BlueSponge, a Montreal based interactive production studio where she completed numerous award winning work for institutions such as CBC/Radio-Canada, FIND (International Nouvelle Danse Festival), the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and the Banff New Media Institute; with recognitions ranging from a Best of Show & Best of Art at the South by South West web awards to a cyberLion in Cannes. She recently completed her Master's degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Otto Von Busch is a PhD-candidate in critical fashion design at Göteborg University, Sweden. He has previously been teaching design theory at Malmö University, Sweden and Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Besides his critical fashion practice he has been collaborating in many constellations. His work has been exhibited at events like the 3rd Berlin Biennale and the 8th Istanbul Biennale.

Giana González is a multimedia designer with a background in Architecture. She received her masters on Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture from Catholic University in Washington DC. Her work explores the different ways in which fashion and space can be altered, fused and/or enhanced with technology and alternative ways of construction - from concept to production. Giana has worked in architecture and design, media related projects including the New York Fashion week, and taught at Eyebeam. She is currently working on the Italian Hack, the second brainstorming session from Hacking-Couture.com. She is based in New York City.

Timothy Mohn is an artist and computer scientist. He is the Founding Director of the Digital Arts Research Laboratory at Pratt Institute in New York City. He graduated from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program as a Tisch School of the Arts Fellow. His current research is focused on the relationships between artist, viewer and artifact, focused on expanding and redefining these systems of interrelation through artifacts, computational aesthetics and kinetic painting. He is also interested in the creative act as digital artists, digital art conservation, curating of digital art, and what it means to be working within these roles at the intersection of art, design, technology, science, and culture.

Despina Papadopoulos is an interaction designer and the founder of Studio 5050. A graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and with an M.A in Philosophy, she has lectured on wearable computing and its uses in everyday life, at NYU, Parsons School of Design, Ivrea Design Institute and the Jan van Eyck Academie as well as numerous conferences. Her projects have been on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Gwangju Design Biennale in Korea, the Amsterdam Science Museum and her work has appeared in publications and magazines around the world. She is also teaching "Personal Expression and Wearable Technologies" and "The Softness of Things: Technology in Space and Form" at NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program. Her work for Interval Research Corporation and NCR’s The Knowledge Lab has been awarded a series of patents.

Edouard Roschi is the co-founder of Le Labo fragrances. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, worked for 4 years with Firmenich in Geneva as Commercial Director for Fragrances for North Africa and Middle East and 4 years at L’Oreal as International Marketing Director for the Emporio Armani and Armani Exchange fragrance brands.

Clemens Thornquist is the Head of Fashion at the School of Textiles University College of Borås and is currently a guest researcher FIT. Clements wrote his PhD thesis on "The savage and the designed – Robert Wilson and Vivienne Westwood as artistic managers" at Stockholm University, School of Business.

Workshop Participants

Emily Albinski is Brooklyn based designer interested in how context influences the perception of technical objects. She recently co-founded a company with Diana Eng, whose aim is to help merge the disparate worlds of fashion and technology.

Sawad Brooks is a media artist and award winning designer working with public and information spaces. His works are in the collection of the Walker Art Center, and have been shown internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam). He has taught at Yale University, Merz Akademie (Stuttgart); Parsons School of Design (New York), and Brown University. He is a member of bbc art + architecture (bbcaa.com), the runner-up finalist in the World Trade Center Memorial Design Competition.

Diana Eng is an apparel designer who hopes to create a new aesthetic by combining fashion with technology. Diana was a contestant on Project Runway and her work has appeared in Wired, ID Magazine, Make/Craft, and is currently featured at an exhibit in Centre des Art d'Enghien les Bains.

Zach Eveland is an electrical engineer and designer and is currently a
student in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He has designed a series of diagnostic devices and medical elctronics. His recent work is focused on ambient and subtle methods of communication and interaction.

Francesca Granata is completing her Ph.D. in visual culture at Central Saint Martins with a focus in experimental fashion and performance art. She is the editor of Fashion Projects and a lecturer at Goldsmiths' Visual Arts department.

Grace Kim is a recent graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. She is interested in integrating technology with traditional craft techniques. Her most recent work can be found at: www.iamgracie.com/thesis

Younghui Kim is a New York City-based designer. For the last 14 years, she has worked in various media, including environmental graphics, print, motion graphics and interactive media, and has been recognized with several interactive design awards. Merging her passion of design and technology, Younghui began to design interactive wearable technology and presented at conferences and exhibitions such as Design Biennale 2005, Siggraph 2004, HCI Design and Ubicomputing 2004.

Alison Lewis is a New York based artist and designer whose work focuses on technology with a soft, fun, social, and romantic appeal. In doing so, Alison's work touches on sociological concepts such as identity, attraction, modesty and, most importantly, love.

Sarah Scaturro is an independent fashion historian and textile conservator currently consulting at the Cooper-Hewitt NDM. She is also co-curating an exhibition on sustainable fashion for Fashion Projects.

Sabine Seymour focuses on 'the next generation wearables‘ and the intertwining of aesthetics and function. She is described as being an innovator, visionary, trend setting, holistic in her approach, and a lateral thinker. Her company Moondial Inc smart textiles, wearables technologies, fashion & technology, and pervasive spaces. Sabine teaches at Parsons New School of Design, University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz/Austria, and Academy of Arts in Tallinn/Estonia. She is currently writing her PhD dissertation dealing with creativity, innovation, and economics in smart clothing/wearables.

Sonali Sridhar is a designer who focuses on mass media and communication. Having come to the US in 1998, she is interested in the hysteria of brand awareness and individual expression.

Miriam Songster is a web producer and an installation artist. Recently she has been considering the relationship of her art practice to existing and perhaps future notions of the sublime. This agenda grew, in part, out of her use of perfumes in various installations.

Organized by Studio 5050 & Self-Passage