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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 - 03:06:38 am

@ Charlene

A video of a portrait of my shy self disguised as hostage victim footage.

Categories: Micro-Project | Research
Hi Charlene! This is an interesting and original way to portray shyness! Good job! :)
Very powerful. I am impressed with the way you incorporated your bruises to express an entirely different narrative that is compelling and disturbing. The shifting camera angles are dramatic and convincing.

Research Critique: Costume & Textile


Monday, Jan 18, 2016 - 09:38:46 pm

@ Charlene

Japanese techno-pop unit Perfume’s interactive dress worn during their “Spending All My Time” performance at Cannes in 2013 was a result of their collaboration with Japan’s techno-artist Daito Manabe. Manabe is a programmer whose work fuses advanced technology and artistic creativity. The concept behind many of Perfume’s performances involve mimicking androids, thus the digital patterns projected on the dress complement their performance.

For this particular performance, Perfume used twitter Read more →

Categories: Research
This is cool! The dancers coordinate well too!
I agree! I think the graphics made by the fans were a nice touch. That way the fans would probably feel more connected to Perfume.
I'm also interested in the participatory nature of the work. How does it change the viewer experience when they have played a role in the work's creation? And how does this use of Twitter, as a platform for reaching the artist's fan base, serve as an extension of the performance itself? Very well researched and presented.
I like this project, remained me of the Cutecircuit Tweeter dress: v The Twitter Dress World’s first Haute Couture Twitter Dress CuteCircuit has designed the World’s first Haute Couture Twitter Dress. Commissioned by EE to mark the launch of the company’s super-fast 4G mobile network in the UK, it was worn by Nicole Scherzinger at the launch event at Battersea Power Station in London. An elegant black floor-length evening dress made out of meters and meters of the most delicate and floaty french chiffon changeant. The Twitter Dress is embellished with over 2000 triangular Hematite Swarovski Elements that create an edgy and sophisticated decorative pattern around the neckline and back. The dress includes the latest CuteCircuit Magic Fabric with MicroLEDs that create extraordinary animations and receive Tweets in real time from Nicole’s fans using the #tweetthedress hashtag while she is on the red carpet during the live stream. Everyone can use the hashtag #tweetthedress to see their words be part of CuteCircuit’s magic.
Similar to Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece" (1965), the audience becomes part of the work itself since the result would not be possible without the actions and audiences' intention of participate. In term of the viewer's experience, I believe the viewer would have a more intimate connection to the work since the viewer no longer sees the work from an outsider's perspective. In addition, they might feel a connection with a broader group upon seeing their own works up there along with other people's work presented together according to a certain rhythm.

Gaze and sound activated dresses by Ying gao

Ong Xin Hong

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 - 01:09:17 am

@ Oxhrene

Short Introduction to Ying Gao

“It’s really more about a poetic concept of uncertainty than about the technology itself. For me, technology is a way of making my idea visible,”

Ying Gao uses the phrase “City Mouse” to describe herself, as she is deeply inspired by the city’s non-physical elements such as air, sound, noise, light, movement, and the human’s gaze.

(No)where (Now)here

(No)where Read more →

Categories: Research
Amazing work from the artist and very elaborate research done by you! The voice-activated garment is like a living organism. Amazing! But I don't think I understand the gaze-activated one. How does the garment detect the spectator's gaze?
Hey Yuhao! That is a really good question! In all the research that I have made on Ying gao, the closest I was brought to on the detection of the human gaze was through the use of eye-tracking devices. You may want to research on eye-tracking devices if you want to know more about it. I have included a rather profound (at least to me) pdf on Eye Tracking Technology, by Meagan Fischer, taken from at the end of the page if you might be interested to read it up.
The documentation and presentation of research is very well done. However, I agree with Yuhao: it is not clear how the gaze-activated wearables works. I think the idea is quite interesting, but how does the human gaze operate or activate the response of the work? Interesting that you brought up the problem of voice frequency. Obviously the male voice has different frequencies than the female: I know of another work called Soundings by Robert Rauschenberg, in which voices activate lights according to the vocal frequencies. Here, the artist took this into account to enable the audience to control the installation according to whether they were male or female.
Here it is onother example of gaze activated wearable project by Behnaz Farahi ''Caress of the Gaze '' and how it works: A camera lens smaller than 3 mm detects a watcher's stare, and a computer algorithm maps exactly where they're looking. Spines attached to that spot then stiffen and sway. We need to think about how this sort of technology is changing our notions of our bodies and our notions of ourselves. Behnaz Farahi Though the overall look is that of quills on a porcupine under threat, Farahi actually modeled the morphology on fish and snake scales (each one is attached to a flexible mesh), and the movement on an innate human reaction: goose bumps. "It's really exploring the logic of our skin. Our skin is constantly in motion: it expands, contracts, and changes its shape based on various stimuli -- temperature, moisture, or even feelings such as excitement or anger."
Wow it is rather scary to learn about the existence of a camera that is smaller than 3mm. It makes me feel as if voyeurism is on the rise with the rise of such cameras. Hahaha

Research and Critique: Costume and Textile

Tiffany Anne

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 - 04:43:59 pm

@ Tiffany Rosete

Featured image: iLuminate crew in America’s Got Talent

When I thought about wearable projects, i remembered iLuminate dance crew that used lights to create interesting visuals on stage.


Over_all is a lighting installation by Robert Zeise consisting of two suits with different graphic motifs using photochromic and glow-in-the dark inks. These graphic motifs are activated when the suits interact, Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent use of OSS! I'll let Galina respond to the post itself, but it's great having you in the class.
I like how graphic motifs change based on the position of the wearer! so much potential in this concept:)
Hey Tiffany! Nice work done. I like your featured photo especially. I've found something alike on Youtube. Check out this link: The dance crew wore the illuminating costume for their performance. I am not sure if the lighting mechanisms are the same. I guess this one was pre-programmed so that the lighting pattern would change over time. However, your research subject is more interactive in the sense that it's accomplished by real-time sensors.
Tiffany, I wanted to provide another response to your post. Good description of the work, though I wonder if there is visual material, including video, that might give a clearer view of the work. I just noticed Yuhao's reference to a YouTube video: I would suggest that you add this into your post. Also, I would like to see come clarification as to how the advertising and documentation is "open source." We can discuss further in class.
Tiffany, I just wonted to add this link to your research as a clarification on the photochromicon the special effects (photochromic) inks: Zeise's wearables create an interesting interplay between fashion, bodies and its environment. Rather than environmentally-aware garments that sense and measure their surroundings, he inverts the pattern and instead imbues the environment with the capability of sensing and responding to the clothing.
Thanks for the link, this is way easier to understand and it shows different types of inks. It is also very related to my other posts like the thermochromic ink providing a similar effect to Lauren Bowker's ink that reacts to temperature as well!