One day we will be able to tell the story of the clothes we wear.
The work ‘Biometric, Biographic’ (from the exhibition ‘Mechanical Couture / Fashioning a New Order’, Design Museum, Holon, Israel. Curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox) was born out of the controversy surrounding the biometric database law. It is based on the underlying assumption that even if we can currently prevent the legislation of such an invasive law, as a rule, in the digital age, we will have trouble preventing the creation of information databases that are accessible on the internet, and contain our most private information. This work therefore aspires to grant a new character to information databases and recruit their activity for our benefit, through the clothes we wear.
According to the imaginary scenario presented in this work: Fingerprinting technologies will go beyond their typical function in monitoring and identification and instead become devices for memory and storytelling. The biometric database will be taken out of the hands of the institution and be transformed into a social network, open and accessible to all through the internet, with the fingerprints becoming a distinct mark of identity and biography instead of bearing incrimination. This work uses RFID technology: Information tags are encoded into the clothes. The scanner is designed as a mouse designated especially for clothes, reading the fingerprints off the clothes as the brush touches the clothing, and the screen, with the story behind it.