The project is based upon the hypothesis that human body perception and intuition are likely to be influenced by the present form of self-tracking. This trend is highly characterized by quantification, the communication of body data via numbers, lists and diagrams and a gapless documentation. Numbers are objective. Humans are subjective. Latter are therefore highly diverse and cannot be brought down to one common denominator. Undisputed trust into technology has the potential to replace innate intuition. As an interface designer I try to find a ways to challenge this development.
The level of muscle tension is communicated by the narrowness of the fabric. Through contractions on the back of the garment the textile is gathered. The physical transformation ranges between the properties “wide” and “comfortably tight”. It is perceived by the skin surface and has the potential to enhance an adequate posture of the wearer. This transformation can also be associated with of speed and agility, which is related to physical activity during exercise. Transitions of the transformation are fluent and do not include any fixed steps, nor implies categories of muscle tension. This reproduction of muscle behavior corresponds with the human body perception and delivers adequate space for innate intuition. In addition to the haptic experience the registered measurements are also communicated in a visual way. The upper layer of the fabric has a finely sliced structure that gets pulled apart through the contraction and reveals an underlying colored layer. The originally monotonous seeming grey fabric transforms into a colorful and more lively appearing piece of fashion.
Concept, Design, Camera: Simone Schramm
Voice: Mette Mark Larsen
Music: Trifonic, see: http://www.trifonic.com
For more information see: http://www.smones.com