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post-crit feedback

January 18, 2007

at my first semester final crit, scott paterson made the comment, “what if these are one-off pieces?” because some of the projects seemed highly personal in relation to not only myself, but also in relation to someone else that i knew/know. if then instead of trying to make it work for a lot of people, he said i need to think about how i’m framing it.

so anyways, that made me think about my project in a different way… perhaps i should introduce some sort of a narrative and creating characters based on these real life people. that way when i document it in video, that perfrmance is a one-time thing specific to one person. i’m not a hundred percent sure about the narrative part, but its something i’m thinking about and want to try.

i also got feedback about the design of the things. i’ve been working under the assumption that these things should all look the same, like they are all part of the same suite, or series. scott agreed to an extent, that they should all definitely look like i made them, but i guess he didnt think they all need to look the same same. also, he and jonah (brucker-cohen) made a point tthat that there should be a reason for all my decisions in the design — the color, the fabrics, and so forth.

random off topic thought… maybe the factor thtat ties all the pieces together is the models wearing wigs, crazy blue wigs! hmm. that would be interesting. has nothing to really do with aything, except that wigs change behavior.. its true.. im a different person in my many wigs.. wigs.. i love wigs… i’m getting off topic.


second base block bra/chastity bra

December 6, 2006

in thinking about the personal space belt, whatver form it may take – belt, wristbands, etc, so maybe more accurate to say, in thinking about personal space, but also about glowundies adn love which always make me think to some degree about chastity, and also as i’m in the mindset of ZAPPING what with the other project i’m working on (zapupuncture) i’m thinking about another project but i’m not sure how related it is to my thesis as a whole, its not about awkward behavior – or is it?

is it awkward when the boy(or girl) you’ve started seeing wants to go to second base but you’re not ready for him to be feeling you up? you want them to stop and it’s kind of awkward to have to repeatedly push their hands away, right? hmm maybe this *is* awkward. so, what if you didn’t have to do anything, it would just zap them! it would occur over the bra so the wearer of the bra would receive no zap, the material woul proect them, btu the conductive fabric would zap the fondler. it won’t work over clothing so no worries about bumping into people. i am wondering, though, if the bra material is protecting the girl wearing it, if even though the conductive fabric will be over it, will that prevent the shock from ocurring? i will have to test this out.

stranger anxiety….

December 4, 2006

“No social relationship is more stressful than the encounter with a stranger, an unknown and potentially threatening fellow human being. . . . studies of the galvanic skin response (e.g., McBride et al. 1965) indicate that anxiety increases in subjects, i.e., skin resistance decreases, as they are approached by strangers” (Givens 1978d:351). (David B. Givens)

maybe important… i pulled this quote, references and all, directly from The Center for Non Verbal Studies. It seems the guy that’s responsible for it is the guy who i’m quoting above (D. Givens). he’s a Ph.D so i feel like it’s legit, but, also, it’s an aol members site, so it makes me question how much i should in fact trust the information there. still i think it’s a good starting place for gesture research but i’m going to consult other sources too. i think i will start with this book, Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance by Adam Kendon:


concept (in human(ish)-speak)

November 29, 2006

short version: interactions between strangers are often awkward, even avoided. i am creating a suite of wearable devices which provide new ways for strangers and superficial acquaintances to interact and express their true feelings. these devices exaggerate the awkward behaviour, drawing attention to the fact that these bahaviors are apparent in our everyday lives.

longer: my thesis inquiry concerns interaction between strangers and superficial acquaintances, and the awkwardness these interactions often produce (provoke?). Sometimes interaction is avoided and we just internalize the awkwardness, although it still shows in our body language; other times, the awkward behaviour is a result of the interaction itself – the interaction itself is awkward.

I am creating a suite of wearable devices which address the issue of interaction between strangers and superficial acquaintances. These devices use technology embedded in garments to facilitate interaction by providing solutions to the problem of NOT interacting, as well as providing new ways to interact. By using technology, responsibility for the (inter)actions is shifted from the user to the garment and the (inter)action is meant to become more unconscious, and second nature, in the same way that we express ourselves with body language.

furthermore, these devices exaggerate the awkward behaviour which results by highlighting and drawing more attention to it, and making the behavior and interactions even more awkward.