Philadelphia Assembled (PHLA)

Philadelphia Assembled was initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk at the request of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was the Museum’s first major foray into social practice art (sometimes called socially engaged art or relational aesthetics). It’s initial design had a dialogic and networked model at its core and it was conceived as a…

Sewable Circuits and Art Objects

Last fall I took a class in sewable circuits at a local makerspace. It was Halloween-time, so we made masks using Flora and Gemma arduino controllers, conductive thread, LEDs, and battery packs. I ended up with a vaguely Carnivale-meets-Lucha Libre creation: I liked the medium and wanted to do more with it, particularly with embroidery,…

EdTech Assumptions

In my work in online learning for a university I often assess new tools for possible incorporation into online classes. These are almost always digital and web-based tools ( not hardware). I’ve been to ISTE, and to SXSWEdu, I’ve played around with VoiceThread and  Zoom and Yellowdig and Smart Sparrow  and Zaption, and many others….