Conferences and workshops

Next Arcintex conference and workshop

Technology-driven industrial development

Arcintex network meeting in Barcelona - November 30 to December 2, 2016

With the theme ‘From research to realisation’, the next Arcintex network meeting will take place in and around Barcelona. The meeting will focus on educational and industrial research within technological developments and new ways to work with and in textile materials. 

The three days the meeting lasts will mark a journey from research to realisation and how this creates potentials and challenges. In the meeting this journey will be underlined by having the meeting at a different venue each day.

Day 1: Valorising research – Elisava, Barcelona

Day 2: The challenges of explorative production – Eurecat, Canet de Mar

Day 3: Merging textile techniques with other disciplines – Eurecat, Màtaro

Activities will be a combination of presentations of research projects, speculation and discussion on the role of textile technological developments in society and the opportunity to work hands-on with materials

The program may be subject to change.

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Earlier conferences and workshops:

ARCINTEX CONFERENCE And workshop, APRIL 11-15, 2016

The The Swedish School of Textiles
Univeristy of Borås, Sweden April 11-15, 2016

After more than a decade of research in the field of Smart Textiles, the Arcintex network meeting in Borås will bring together industry and research in the old cluster of Swedish Textiles. The meeting aims to give an overview and reflect on the advancements of Smart Textiles and inspire for future synergies between basic research and industrial applications.  Companies and researchers will present their experiences in this field accumulated by developing new products or pushing the boundaries of Smart Textile thinking with exemplary research. Complementary to these presentations thematic workshops addressing different scales of design, e.g. textile, body and space will provide hands’ on experience with ongoing research but they will also address basic questions on how Smart Textiles at different scales can suggest new ways of sustainable living.

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ARCINTEX NETWORK Conference and WORKSHOP, october 12 -16, 2015

Active Textiles
Vilnius Academy of Arts,  Vilnius, Lithuanian, October 12-16, 2015. 

Vilnius conference will provide an overview of the active position of art and the meaning of it. The Conference speakers will be devoted to reflections and discussions on interdisciplinary innovations focusing on three threads: enhancement of individual autonomous creativity, commercial design practice focusing on generating new products and services, and last but not the least the social function of art – focusing on influence towards individual and community, including working with disabled people.

The conference will also feature visit to one of the major cultural events in Lithuania – Kaunas Biennale which originated from textile art and design. In Kaunas there will be additional excursions to old textile factories where modern art installations are exhibited, also trips to modern successful textile production companies.

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Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
Februari  23-27, 2015.  

‘Narratives in An Internet of Soft Things’

The event brings together the Arcintex research community in smart textiles, architecture and interaction design, with the UKRC research project An Internet of Soft Things, concerned with the development of co-design methodologies for mental wellbeing service communities.
It will focus on the use of personal narratives in therapeutic practices, and the potential offered by environments augmented with smart textiles to enable new ways of creating, sharing and accessing stories.
It will ask delegates to think about the ethical as well as technical dimensions involved in how we choose to render, interpret, save or analyse such narratives, and what this can mean for personal identity and growth.
More information about the workshops and symposiums »
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TUE Eindhoven, the Netherlands. October 13 - 17, 2014

Shaping (un)common grounds

Topic: The ability to measure and store data, combined with changes on the functionality of smart textiles over time opens a new world of opportunities. However, it requires an eclectic blend of disciplines (e.g. textile developers, fashion designers, software and electrical engineers, interaction designers, architects, and service providers) to work closely together.

Often the most interesting new things happen at the edge of what we know. Especially when these edges cross-over to other unknown areas. But what happens when the edges of these areas start to overlap? In ArchInTex we do just that. We explore how the edges of these domains can connect in inspiring and meaningful ways. Within ArchInTex we want to shape a stronger common ground while still exploring the un-common grounds of other disciplines.

Symposium tracks:

Track 1: Research.

Where are smart textiles going? It will consist of a series of design dialogues and presentations (from Industry, PhD students and leading researchers). The debates will be articulated by means of existing examples (PhD and Industry work) in an exhibition setting. The materials for the exhibition will be partially gathered from the ArcInTex travelling exhibition.
Chairs: Stephan Wensveen & Pierre Levy

Track 2: Design Films.

Video has always been a great way to portrait interactive products. This track will host from movies and fashion films to design documentaries and advertisements that relate to Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles. An open call will be used to gather the material to be shown. We expect a variety of submissions ranging from researchers, students, companies, artists, and institutions.
Chairs: Oscar Tomico & Danielle Wilde

Track 3: Open Labs.

Baltan Laboratories and TU/e Wearable Senses will curate a series of workshops during the week where industrial partners, PhD students, artists and other people interested in smart textiles for wearables, interior and architecture can meet each other, demonstrate their work, and share knowledge by actively working together.
Chairs: Martijn ten Bhömer & Koen Snoeckx

Track 4: Industry visits and marketplace.

This track intends to open up possible links with industry by showing their key projects, facilities, products and sub-products they are developing. It will consist of visits and presentations to key companies (possibly Audax Textile Museum, Philips Light & Health venture, Philips Design, HOLST center, … ).
Chair: Marina Toeters & Eva Deckers

Program »

Call for Design films »

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Chalmers Gothenburg, Sweden.

Theme: Scaling up!
It is time to scale up, both in the physical scale and also in finding research funding. The theme is chosen from input during previous network meetings, to make an effort to strengthen the fields of architecture and interaction design in ArcInTex, while intertwining with textiles.This meeting is organized by the departments of Interaction Design and Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, and the new network member Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. Welcome!

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ARCINTEX NETWORK CONFERENCE, october 17 – 18, 2013

Textiles Open Innovation Centre (TIO3) Ronse, Belgium

Playfulness and its transition toward economic meaningfulness.
The theme of this symposium is' Playfulness and its transition toward economic meaningfulness’. During these two days we will focus on tools for bridging training and research to industry. We’ll address questions like 'how can an idea be marketed’, ‘the creation of a spin-off as an interesting path, and other options',' what could be a possible financial framework',' how can the cooperation between business and design become a success story', 'what are the pitfalls', etc.

We hope to welcome you this Autumn at our beautiful place.
The TIO3 team

More information and program (pdf) »

ArcInTex Network conference, February 25 – March 1, 2013

School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS) 
and Aalto Media Factory
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

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FAQ(doc) »

Registration to the ArcInTex Network meeting at Aalto University:
Confirmed speakers:
Clothing+, Akseli Reho ( Mikko Malmivaara )
Dr. Tiina Härkäsalmi, fibers and natural materials
Prof. Sofia Pantouvaki, costumes and performing arts
Marjo Mäenpää, Ministry of education
Click here to view the Aalto Gallery » 

Experimental workshop logs:

Eglé Ganda Bogdaniené, Vilniaus Academy of arts, Lithuania »

Viktorija Sokolovskaja, Vilniaus Academy of arts, Lithuania »

Jolanta Vazalinskienne,  Vilniaus Academy of arts, Lithuania » 

Linda Worbin, University of Borås, Sweden »


ArcInTex Network conference, September 24 – 25, 2012

The first ArcInTex Network meeting was held in Borås, at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden on September 24-25, 2012.

Network members from 10 countries attended the meeting, in total 45 guests. During the first day of the meeting all the participating Universities gave presentations to introduce their activities within the fields of Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles. In a parallel session Ph D students from the participating countries introduced their research.

Discussions regarding exchange programs for students on bachelor and master level between the ArcInTex Network Universities was held by Kenneth Tingsvik and Katrin Tijburg.

Decision was taken to proceed with an application for COST and for an application for FP7 Marie Curie, ITN, deadline November 22.

Presentations was given by the Grants Office at Chalmers University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Stefan Forsaeus Nilsson. Katarina Malaga from Grants Office at SP, Sweden presented their work on EU applications.

Aalto University of Helsinki, Finland volunteered to host the next network meeting in February, 2013.