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Paola Guimerans is an artist, interaction designer and educator based in Spain. Her current creative research addresses STEAM education, wearables electronics, e-textiles, open source technologies, material explorations, interactive design and interdisciplinary installations.

She holds a PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid. Her academic research Technology as a creative material examines the emergence of new ways of education from a cross-discipline approach and from the arising artistic opportunities, both of them linked to the field of wearables and e-textiles in a participatory and collaborative cultural frame, typical of the digital age

At the moment, she works as a consultant offering strategic planning for the interdisciplinary curriculum content, using etextiles and novel materials. She is the author of the DIY resource website  Open Electronic Arts. Recently 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 and Technology program Bilbao Fashion Tech Lab, designing ETextile curriculum for the education programme for schools of the Balenciaga Museum, working as a consultant for the cultural center Tabakalera, desinging the 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 the New School for 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 Centre 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 or in the IATED conference.

email-5-xxl  pguimerans@gmail.com

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Paola Guimeráns es una artista, diseñadora interacción y educadora asentada en España. Su investigación actual aborda educación STEAM, wearable electronics, e-textiles, tecnologías de código abierto, exploración de materiales, diseño interactivo e instalaciones interdisciplinares.

Paola ha desarrollado su Tesis Doctoral en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Su investigación académica La Tecnología como Material Creativo 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.

En la actualidad, trabaja como consultora ofreciendo estrategias de planificación para el currículo interdisciplinario utilizando e-textiles y nuevos materiales tecnológicos. Recientemente, ha creado la plataforma de recursos DIY Open Electronic Arts  y 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 Bilbao Fashion Tech LAB 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 la Parsons the New School for 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 Centre 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 ha sido presentado en la New York World Maker Faire, la Conferencia ACM sobre Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interfaces, o en el IATED conference.

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