Wearable performance

Johannes Birringer, Michèle Danjoux
2009 Digital Creativity  
Wearable computing devices worn on the body provide the potential for digital interaction in the world. A new stage of computing technology at the beginning of the 21st Century links the personal and the pervasive through mobile wearables. The convergence between the miniaturisation of microchips (nanotechnology), intelligent textile or interfacial materials production, advances in biotechnology and the growth of wireless, ubiquitous computing emphasizes not only mobility but integration into
more » ... othing or the human body. In artistic contexts one expects such integrated wearable devices to have the two-way function of interface instruments (e.g. sensor data acquisition and exchange) worn for particular purposes, either for communication with the environment or various aesthetic and compositional expressions. "Wearable Performance" briefly surveys the context for wearables in the performance arts and distinguishes display and performative/interfacial garments. It then focuses on the authors' experiments with "design in motion" and digital performance, examining prototyping at the DAP-Lab which involves transdisciplinary convergences between fashion and dance, interactive system architecture, electronic textiles, wearable technologies, and digital animation. The concept of an "evolving" garment design that is materialized (mobilized) in live performance between partners originates from DAP Lab's work with telepresence and distributed media addressing the "connective tissues" and "wearabilities" of projected bodies through a study of shared embodiment and perception/proprioception in the wearer (tactile sensory processing). Such notions of wearability are applied both to the immediate sensory processing on the performer's body and to the processing of the responsive, animate environment.
doi:10.1080/14626260902868095 fatcat:hnhlzgf6vrgn7cq66nx33zz3ky