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Paola Guimerans is an artist, designer, educator and creative technologist based in Spain. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Her academic research, Technology as a creative material: E-textiles and its derivations in the field of the visual arts, examines the emergence of new forms of education from a cross-discipline approach. Paola explores the arising artistic opportunities linked to the field of wearables and e-textiles in a participatory and collaborative cultural emboided by the digital age

She is the author of the online resource platform Open Electronic Arts. Since 2010 she has been documenting creativesoftcircuits a web collection on hands-on workshops, focused on art, design and creative engagement with electronics for everyone. Furthermore, she has been designing activities during the maker tour CIRCOLAB, co-designing the Fashion & Technology program BFTLAB, designing ETextile curriculum for the education programme for schools of the Balenciaga Museum, working as a consultant for the cultural center Tabakalera, desinging the maker meeting How to Make and working as a consultant in the project Think of silicone with the aim of seeking new directions to develop a new line of silicone research for 3D printers.

Prior to this, Paola was living in New York  where she earned an MFA Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. At this school, she has been designing and  teaching the Collab: Soft Circuits: an exploration of new materials in the context of tangible interface design. She has also worked as a researcher for the Fashion Technology Lab, and she has run different workshops focus on wearable technology, e-textiles and soft circuits techniques. Moreover, she has been working as a Lead Mentor and  STEAM education expert, teaching physical and digital materials, using paper computing, e-textiles and digital media with kids in a NYC public middle school at Q2L, Institute of Play.

Her work has been displayed in centers such as Eyebeam Art+Technology Center NY, Medialab-Prado Madrid, SONAR/MACBA Barcelona, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa de a Coruña or Ventana244 Art Space Brooklyn NY. Besides, her research has been featured in the New York World Maker Faire, ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interfaces TEI13 or in the IATED International Academy of Technology, Education and Development conference.

#Education #Art #Design #Etextiles #Wearables Electronics #Softcircuits #UX #IoT #Innovation #STEAM #WomaninTech #Makered #Interactivedesign  #NewMaterials #interdisciplinaryinstallation #Opensource  

 

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Paola Guimerans es una artista, diseñadora, educadora y tecnóloga creativa asentada en España.  Es doctora en Bellas Artes por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Su investigación académica La Tecnología como Material Creativo: E-textiles y sus derivaciones en el campo de las artes visuales  estudia nuevos métodos de enseñanza desde un enfoque multidisciplinar y desde las oportunidades artísticas emergentes, ambos ligados al campo de los vestibles y los e-textiles en un marco cultural participativo y colaborativo, propio de la era digital.

Paola es la autora de la plataforma de recursos online  Open Electronic Arts  y desde el 2010 impulsa el proyecto creativesoftcircuits, una colección web de talleres manuales, enfocados al arte, el diseño y al compromiso creativo por la electrónica para todos. También, ha diseñando actividades STEAM  durante el maker tour CIRCOLAB, co-diseñando el programa de moda y tecnología BFTLAB y diseñando actividades de e-textiles para el programa de educación para escuelas del Museo Balenciaga. Además ha ejercido como consultora del centro cultural Tabakalera, diseñando el encuentro How to Make y colaborando en el proyecto Think of Silicone, con el objetivo de buscar novedosas vías de desarrollo para una nueva línea de investigación de silicona para impresoras 3D.

Anteriormente, Paola ha vivido en Nueva York donde ha cursado el MFA Design and Technology en Parsons School of Design. En esta escuela, ha diseñado e impartido la clase “Soft Circuit: an exploration of new materials in the context of tangible interface design”. Asimismo, ha trabajado como investigadora para el Fashion Technology Lab, y ha dirigido diferentes talleres enfocados a técnicas de tecnología vestible, e-textiles, y circuitos blandos. Durante este periodo,  ha trabajado además como mentora e investigadora de nuevas metodologías STEAM, enseñando materiales físicos y digitales, usando informática sobre papel, e-textiles y medios digitales con niños en la escuela pública de secundaria  Q2L, Institute of Play NY.

Su trabajo ha sido expuesto en centros como Eyebeam Art+Technology Center NY, Medialab-Prado Madrid, SONAR/MACBA Barcelona, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa A Coruña, o Ventana244 Art Space Brooklyn NY. Además, su trabajo académico ha sido presentado en la New York World Maker Faire, en el congreso TEI13 Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interfaces  o en la conferencia IATED International Academy of Technology, Education and Development.

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