Joanna Berzowska works with electronic textiles and interactive garments. Even if she appreciates Greater Montréal’s humility, she would like to see it grow to be more confident, in order to shine even brighter throughout the world.
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Born in Poland, she studied in Montréal and at the MIT before she came back to Montréal, were she has been teaching for 15 years. She is a professor at the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University.
as well as the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. Berzowska is also the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a wearable and smart textile platform that enables leading fashion brands to design smart apparel.
A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies, focusing on innovation in composite functional fibers, soft electronics, and additive manufacturing.
She graduated from graduate school at the MIT Media Lab. Joanna’s art and design work has been shown in the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others.
She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues.