A stretchable malleable garment to support freedom of expression.
Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
The team transferred two elements into the project: first the importance of freedom of interaction while still being in control; secondly the implementation the skill of adapting opinions regardless of frontiers.
The concept developed enables freedom of opinion and expression, both through the form of the product, as well as through the interaction with it.
The students designed what they defined as an “opinion trigger”, in order to provoke discussions by expressing oneself or one’s opinion through the product: a piece of clothing that can be adjusted both in appearance and in interaction.
People can express themselves in the way they wear the product and with its color settings: they translate the user product-interaction into a visual feedback. The colors can be vary; they can change in intensity and can pulse in a desired frequency.
The form developed is a large flat circle with a smaller circle cut out. The shape is completely symmetrical and made out of cotton. This unique form couldn’t be related to any other clothing or accessory, therefore it can be worn in any way desired: it can be worn as a skirt, as a bag, or as a decoration piece. Buttons are placed on one half of the circle, so the form could also be shaped, personalized and adaptable to different anthropometric structures.
The affordance of the product’s form therefore enables freedom of interaction with it. It is wearable in multiple manners, on different parts of the body, due to the dimensions of the hole in the middle.
When the product is stretched, the color changes from blue to green and from green to red through a smooth transition. When one stops stretching, the color is set and the light keeps glowing, until the product is stretched again. This enables to set any wished nuance.
Rubbing two random surfaces of the piece of clothing against each other changes the intensity of the light.
By closing the different press-studs in a specific way one can adjust not only the physical shape of the object but also set the pulse frequency of the lighting: an opinion is neither static nor expressed with the same strength over time.
Students: Bart Dohmen, Renata Romano Rocha, Laurens Boer, Laurens Doesborgh, Federico Laguzzi
Supervisors: Ambra Trotto, Joep Frens, Kees Overbeeke, Caroline Hummels, Elisabetta Cianfanelli
Contributors: Museo dei Ragazzi in Palazzo Vecchio, Fondazione Lisio, Decobel, Sapaf