French e-textile artist Maurin Donneaud has been announced as the 2019 laureate of the Te Ataata residency. This programme was founded in 2015 by the Cultural and Scientific Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to build linkages and share knowledge between New Zealand and France, particularly within the field of creative technologies.
Mr Donneaud will be based at AUT for four weeks from September 2019, where he will be exploring e-textiles and sound design as well as developing an e-textile toolkit for live electronic music. This blow-up toolkit will consist of software demos built on top of the E256 e-textile piezo resistive matrix sensor.
Mr Donneaud’s skills in interaction design, physical computing, industrial design, computer programming and electronic textiles will be applied to research on HCI gesture interaction to enhance music performance through the use of e-textiles.
“I’m very pleased to have been accepted into the Te Ataata residency programme. I am looking forward to collaborating with my contemporaries at AUT in order to develop the E256 e-textile interface for music composition and live performances. I will be pleased to help anyone who is inspired by the combination of electronics and textiles. Through this interdisciplinary approach we will revisit textile know-how with the respect of traditional practices. We will bring a strong attention to the project’s documentation as well as open-source and open hardware concerns.”
Professor Frances Joseph, Director of the Textile and Design Lab, says Mr ￼Donneaud’s work bringing together sound design and e-textiles offers an exciting area to explore. “We look forward to welcoming Mr Donneaud to AUT. The Te Ataata Residency always results in so many exciting collaborations and conversations, and I am sure Mr Donneaud’s residency will provide further opportunities for collaboration across the Design and Creative Technologies Faculty.”
As an e-textile specialist, Mr Donneaud has been involved in some early-stage automotive and healthcare industrial developments. He has taught e-textile workshops in textile design schools, such as ENSCI (Paris), ENSAD (Paris) and ENSAAMA (Paris) and Arduino workshops for the Master’s in Sound Design at ESBA (Le Mans).
For more information on the residency programme, visit aut.ac.nz/ataata.
Te Ataata is a one-month residency programme for (a) French creative practitioner(s) hosted at AUT in Auckland providing an opportunity for a practice-based French scholar to work alongside their AUT peers on interdisciplinary art-science research, with access to the same facilities, expertise and materials as staff during their stay here.
The resident is hosted by AUT’s Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies - Te Ara Auaha. The faculty recognises that design as a discipline is central to advancing transdisciplinary learning and research in a range of s areas including art and design, communication studies, engineering, computer and mathematical sciences and creative technologies.
About the Cultural and Scientific Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand
The Cultural and Scientific Office provides advice and expertise for cooperation and innovation between French and New Zealand creative professionals, organisations and the general public in a number of fields, including the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, sports and more. More here.
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