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Research and Critique: Biometrics

Gladys Loh

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 - 03:30:17 pm

@ sleepygladys

Biomimicry is the a science that looks into nature’s designs, then replicates or draw inspiration from the designs to solve human’s problems. It is the evolution of fashion design and such adaptive clothing can be used to perform many different functions, as explored by many fashion designers today.

Biomimicry wearables in high fashion – Adrenaline Dress

https://youtu.be/6UrlTLV37dc?t=18s

Chromat designer Becca McCharen and Intel engineer Karolina Cengija collaborated to Read more →

Categories: Research
Well done. I like how you included in your research two compleatly different examples of wearables inspirat from biomimicry: the Adrenaline Dress''by the designer Becca McCharen and Intel engineer Karolina Cengija focusing mainly on experimentation and expanding the use of such technology and the practical project: Paramo’s waterproof jacket .
The only information that is missing is the medium of the dress and what is responsible for the movement, how it works.You can see more details here: http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/06/intels-conceptual-adrenaline-dress-gets-upset-when-you-do/.Please add this to your research.Thank you Gladys!

Research Critique - Biometrics

Feliciana Natali

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 - 02:01:44 pm

@ Feligood

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes and policies – new ways of living – that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

Hence, for a wearable to re-contextualize biomimicry, it has to have a Read more →

Categories: Research
Your reflection on the project is very interesting, where for a wearable to re-examine biomimicry, it has to have a quality imitated from natural processes and be able to solve a human problem, but yet is not affordable (creating new problem by trying to solve a problem )
I was interested in the distinction between the imitation or mimicking of nature and the response to natural conditions. In your example it is about the response to human conditions and how clothing can adapt accordingly. Do you see a distinction here?

Alter ego

Ong Xin Hong

Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 - 03:37:20 pm

@ Oxhrene

In this video, Tiffany and I explore our alter ego — our playful personalities.

Categories: Micro-project | Research
Xin Hong, I already discussed the piece in class, so I wanted to comment on your post itself. Don't forget to create a category called "Micro-project" and assign it to the parent category and your post whenever you hand in a Micro-project assignment. Also, you need to create a featured image: Just take a screenshot of a good frame of the video and use it as the featured image. Let me know if you have any questions!

Growing Clothes

Ong Xin Hong

Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 - 03:01:55 pm

@ Oxhrene

Short introduction to Suzanne Lee

Suzanne Lee is a researcher and designer from the School of Fashion & Textiles at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is also an author of the 2007 book, Fashioning The Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe, which was the first publication to explore how technology could transform fashion.

She researched into Read more →

Categories: Research
Fantastic post! I am also very interested on Bio-mimicry and Bio Couture . Another similar project is the The Beer Dress , a dress made from the bacterial fermentation of beer. With the advanced evolution of microbial cellulose technology, this new and improved material is very delicate, pure white and inscribed with random biological etchings. Here it is the link :http://nanollose.com/ Thank you so much!
Cool! I am amazed at how a dress made from beer can be so white and look so sturdy...did they add special dyes? Thanks for the great share!
Excellent post! Beautifully written and well researched. It is interesting how our clothing is made from materials that have such a long tradition, but now we have the technology to invent new materials, new bio-substances that don't involve killing animals and have a much softer carbon footprint.
This is really good! Great great research! and… no wonder Saint Martin is a <3 <3 top fashion school #kyyaaaa okay I did aim for that school *cry. Please ignore my emo opening hahaha so, what do you think about Bio Couture? You are into it, or against it? And, is this bio couture degradable? If I left it on the ground for one week, for example, will it decompose? I feel a bit disappointed if it is easily degradable. I want outfits that last long.
Hey Felicia~ Aw don't be too disappointed...you don't need to be in a top fashion school to be a top fashion designer ;) Personally, I was intrigued by the idea of growing clothes and thought that it is a really good idea of sustainable wearables, especially because I did a brief research into clothing wastage for my project work in junior college and felt strongly against the idea of clothes piling on the waste fields every now and then. I am into the idea of sustainable wear where clothing can decompose faster than the current cotton ones, especially in the age where we can afford to change our set of clothes each year or perhaps each season to follow up with the trends (perhaps we may reach a point where there isn't really a need for clothes that can last long in the future). Rather, a question I have would be if there is a way to give the clothing a waterproof feature. If you watched the TED video I have included on Bio Couture by Suzanne Lee, you would be disappointed to find out that the wearables made are degradable just like the one that Suzanne Lee wore as she made her presentation - that it is absorbing her sweat and may fall apart, especially if she is wearing it out in the rain. That's why I feel that there is still much room for improvement in the scientific and technological aspect of the garment before we can start mass-producing such wearables to everyone. Too bad I am not a genius though I had an unformulated crazy idea that maybe we can coat the clothes in a layer of hydrophobic substance to reduce their attachment to water.

Micro-Project: Video Double

Feliciana Natali

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 - 01:51:31 pm

@ Feligood

https://vimeo.com/152790694

Chinese Chipmunk

Am I an aspiring chipmunk?

Actually, I simply like chipmunk, and like  chipmunk, I want to be an artist who is fun and happy with artworks which evoke the same bubbly feelings :). And for me, facial expression is a small thing with enormous artistic effect.

Categories: Micro-project
Wonderful way of manipulating your image to transform yourself so playfully into a chipmunk! You very effectively demonstrated the plasticity of the face and its ability to express a range of expression. Very well done!
Thank you so much sir! That was a fun micro-project X)

Research Critique: Costume and Textile

Feliciana Natali

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 - 09:17:25 am

@ Feligood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msqol0w9NVs

The performance is called “The Space Between Us”, choreographed by Utam Moses and composed by Eric Lindsay. This performance was held in April 2010 in the United States. This performance shows dance choreography with costumes that can generate and control sound with the help of pressure and flex sensors. Designed by Amy Burell and Jay Garst, this costume allows the Read more →

Categories: Research
Good first effort with the research critique, informative and you picked an interesting piece. However, there are some ways you can improve your research critiques overall. From a technical standpoint, be sure that you incorporate hyperlinks that refer back to the project Websites, and perhaps even the artists who worked on the project. Also, I don't think you quite understand what OSS, so we should discuss this in class. OSS is specific to our work at ADM and no one else uses it outside of the University. I think what you are referring to is the collaborative nature of the work. Galina can speak further on this, but when you are doing research about costume and textile, you should take time to describe these elements in the work. If it's not certain whether or not open source technology is used, it is best not to mention, or just say you don't know. If it is true, be sure that you include a reference as to where it says it used open source technology. Quotes and references are always good to incorporate into your research posts.
ah, okay sir! And yes I think I didn't really get what is Open Source Technology even though I did read the articles. I will try to understand it through further close readings. Will do better next time with the research assignments :)
Feliciana Randal's feedback is very important.I would like to add few notes in support of the costumes reflection.I believe that you will now have better understanding of the costume design after the workshop on electronics.The costumes are embedded with LilyPad Ardino technology; One of the dancers' (with the round skirt) costume combines LilyPad components and a XBee (wireless transmitter) together with pressure and flex sensors connected by conductive thread, which detects and transmits the movements of the dancer to the composer's laptop, which are then used to generate and control sound within a MAX/MSP environment.
Thanks Galina. And Feliciana, one more comment about open source studio: I had asked everyone in week 1 to go through the course Website and that is where you will find information about open source studio, not in the reading. Sorry if there was any confusion about that.

Micro-Project: Video Double

Gladys Loh

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 - 02:32:08 pm

@ sleepygladys

This micro-project is a simple video depiction of me getting into “performance” character, my artistic dance self, one with confidence.

https://vimeo.com/152667460

Categories: Micro-project
Your micro-project left me wondering what was essential about your double. Since the piece ended with putting on the boots, was that the main focus of your identity transformation? Is your identity then linked to your boots? I liked the various camera angles and the way you constructed yourself by putting on clothes, I was just left wondering who you had become in your video double.

Research Critique: Costume and Textile

Gladys Loh

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 - 12:23:56 pm

@ sleepygladys

https://vimeo.com/amcb/pixel

“Pixel” is a mesmerising, extraordinary performance piece that creatively combines interactive technology together with dance choreography. Produced by performance artists Adrian Mondot and Claire Bardainne, it was jointly choreographed with Mourad Merzouki.

“The hour-long performance incorporates a host of digital projection mapping techniques, 11 dancers, and bills itself as “a work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good research critique describing a compelling dance work. I thought the movement and imagery was stunning and beautifully choreographed as you described. What was missing from your critique was a discussion of the materials: the textiles, the costumes and how they were integrated into the work, the images, the motion, etc. You were quite correct though about the interdisciplinary qualities of the work demanding integration and collaboration from the participants.
Great choice for the research Critique . As you described this work is a simles combination between dance and technology and amazing example to show how differentiation between real and virtual worlds are blurred tremendously with the creation of digital environments. You mentioned the use of tulle ( very fine nonwoven transperent textile) as a projection surface , that helps for the illusion to work, but not so much about the costumes and the sensors. The visuals are fantastic.

Micro-Project: Video Double

Tiffany Anne

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 - 07:38:23 am

@ Tiffany Rosete

https://vimeo.com/152497587

By Tiffany and Xin Hong

Categories: Micro-Project
It looks like you two were having too much fun! I liked the playful aspect of the work, and the music provided a nice cartoonish touch. Interesting to see how you were combining movement with the various effects. My suggestion is how to piece together the various elements: music, movement, effects, and visual transformation into a more coherent narrative, one that speaks to your alter egos.

Research Critique: Costume and Textile

Yuhao Zhang

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 - 03:53:54 am

@ Media and Performance by YUHAO ZHANG

Utam Moses (choreographer) and Eric Lindsay’s (composer)”The Space Between Us” is a collaborative electronic music and modern dance piece for computationally enhanced dancers and MAX/MSP, a programming language for interactive music and multimedia.

The costumes are embedded with LilyPad Arduino technology. One of the dancers’ (with the round skirt) costume combines LilyPad components and an XBee (wireless transmitter) together with pressure and Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent! It is interesting to note how instead of the dancers following the music in the traditional way, here, the music is following the dancers. How does this change the way the dancers move? If they are not necessarily timing their movement to the music, what is it like for them to lead the musical action?
Great research! I find this particularly very interesting as it is an extremely innovative way to make use of wearable technology - creating music through movement.
This is a really interesting topic to discuss. Conventionally, dancers dance to the music. We talk about musicality, which is the ability to connect to and understand music that is being heard. It is essential for a dancer to have good musicality because dance is the birth of music. Music first. Dance later. That's what my teacher has taught me. I am sure most dancers have been taught this way. Now if we reverse the order, let dance give birth to music. Is dance still dance? Personally I wouldn't consider it dance anymore. The dancer now becomes more like a composer or musician. The only difference is that he/she plays the music with his/her body as an instrument instead of using a violin or a piano. However, it is an interesting idea. Have you ever felt visually bored during a philharmonic concert with all musicians sitting still on the stage? (Yes I have.) You won't get bored on this. It might evolve into a new form of performing art as it fuses the visuals and audios.
Yuhao, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this . The idea of the dancer to become more like a composer or musician playing the music with his body/costume/space as amusical instrument is very apealing for the final project,what do you think? Do you heard of Keith Terry why is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator and whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades. As a self-defined "Body Musician," Keith uses the oldest musical instrument in the world — the human body (his own) — as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities. Please let me know if you need any assistance on the electronics.