SoftWEAR Residency: Panel Discussion & Presentation

Friday, April 13th

@ Inter/Access
950 Dupont Unit #1

Join InterAccess and Artscape Gibraltar Point for an evening discussion with Liz Lessner, facilitator of the SoftWEAR: Wearable Technology & Art residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Lessner will recap the residency, and discuss the future and implications of wearable technology with residency participants and the audience. Afterwards, participants in the residency will have a chance to show some of their developing practices with wearable technology over refreshments.

SoftWEAR: Introduction to Wearable Technology & Art is a two-week intensive residency partnership conceived and organized by artist/lead facilitator Liz Lessner and Artscape Gibraltar Point and presented in partnership with InterAccess. During the residency, participants learn how to incorporate responsive elements like light and sound into objects and installations, explore soft circuitry techniques, and learn to operate the Arduino microcontroller for the development of interactive wearable projects.

About the Artist: Liz Lessner is a NY based sculptor and installation artist who uses technology to craft responsive and interactive objects and installations.  Lessner has had solo shows at Big Orbit, a Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts Gallery Project Space, and The University at Buffalo Visual Studies Gallery. She has exhibited her sculptures and installations nationally and internationally including the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology in Michoacán, Mexico, Brooklyn Artist Gym, and the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery. Exhibition highlights include the two-person show “Common China” at 3rd Ward, Brooklyn as well as the group shows “The Man I Wish I Was” at  A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and “Amid/In WNY” at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY . She has an MFA in Media Study and Emerging Practices from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and has taught workshops and classes in a wide range of educational settings. Lessner has taught at the  University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study(Buffalo, NY), the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (Chicago, IL), the Willammette Valley Folk Festival (Eugene, OR), Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), and Girls Preparatory Charter School (New York, NY) and  Renaissance Charter School for the Arts (Queens, NY).

About our partner, Inter/Access

Founded in 1983 as Toronto Community-Videotex, InterAccess is a non-profit gallery, educational facility, production studio, and festival dedicated to emerging practices in art and technology.

InterAccess’s mission is to expand the cultural significance of art and technology by fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition.

We envision an environment in which:
– Art that engages technology gains widespread cultural resonance;
– Critical discourse dedicated to everyday and emerging technologies is catalyzed by artists, curators, and cultural workers;
– The full life cycle of art and artists is nurtured.

Annually we execute multiple exhibitions, a full curriculum of skill-building and critical theory workshops, and a broad range of discursive events that explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life. Our studio space facilitates the circulation of skills and techniques required to produce the work we exhibit in our gallery space.

Image courtesy of Cimarron Knight, SoftWEAR residency participant in 2017.