I love that 60’s retro-futuristic look that is informing the current exhibition of electric skin in belgium at the fashion museum in hasselt.

I love the naive sense of hope in the future that it implies, a happy space candy kind of vision that is very difficult to feel in light of current global conditions

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The new and improved version, after much soldering and heartache, and ripping out of conductive threads …

See video on vimeo:

Barking Mad – Suzi Webster & Jordan Benwick from Jordan B on Vimeo.

Memories of strangers

December 2, 2006

blinks1.jpgI can’t believe that it is December already – what happened to November?  Soon, soon the thesis will be done.  If not done, handed in at least.  In my ‘research’ I came accross this interesting installation: between blinks and buttons by  berlin based artist and designer, Sascha Pohflepp.  You’ll have to check out the images yourself, but I really liked the way that she is thinking about photography.  She says ” … cameras become networked buttons that create a link between two people through the simple fact that they did the same thing simultaneously: pressing a button. The cameras create a visual trace of it, with time as a reference.”

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“In addition to their value as a memory, each image contains a multitude of information about the context of its creation. Through this metainformation, every image is linked to the precise moment in time when it was taken, making it possible to see what happened simultaneously in the world at that instant. This work tries to focus the user’s imagination on that other, to create narratives that run between one’s own memory and a stranger’s moment which happened to coincide in time.”

Lumalive – hacking the T

November 8, 2006

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I’m really excited by this new development from Philips. I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while now, and with Electric Skin obviously have a fairly vested interest in the whole area.

While advertising is the obvious revenue generating use for this – what about T – shirt hacks? Spam for clothes? Electronic measles?

The Gobbler

October 8, 2006

passionpitgobbler.jpg      I love Canada, and being Canadian – even though, or perhaps because I came to Canada later in life from free choice rather than by birth default.  I love being in a country that has a day dedicated to thanksgiving, even if that mostly translates into getting stuffed on turkey and collapsing on the couch in a triptophan haze.

So for your turkey-enhanced entertainment, I suggest an online tour of the 70’s retro homage to turkeyness, wittily presented by James Lileks – the Gobbler motel and supper club.

Sometimes we need all the thanksgiving we can get.

Skin

September 22, 2006

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Via Regine – Two garments prototyped by Phillips: Bubelle, the “blushing dress” comprises two layers, the inner one is equipped with sensors that respond to changes in the wearer’s emotions and projects them onto the outer textile.
Frison, a body suit that reacts to being blown on by igniting a private constellation of tiny LEDs. Both measure skin signals and change light emission through biometric sensing technology.
hmmm, sounds a lot like electric skin – if only i had had a whole research team and big budget too …

Smart Hugs

September 16, 2006

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The highlight of yesterday’s How Smart Are We symposium for me was definitely cutecircuit’s hug shirt, which has received loads of awards and well-deserved attention.

Cute, fun and hip, the idea is that you can send hugs between two shirts via mobile phone, rather like a warm and vibrating smiley.

It does raise the question though, of why you would want to send a virtual hug instead of being body-to-body for a ‘real’ hug