Panel: Borders and interfaces: the challenges of the wearable computer’s design in the near future
In the context of mobile technological interfaces, more and more the users’ action and perception have been organized into complex forms that depend on the actual context. From those relations, established by a dynamic flux and exchange of information, emerge present body spatialities, articulated between the physical and the virtual, but both real. The body, compounding infinite aesthetical and lived approaches, can expand the territorial physical limits and be understood as a physical reality technologically mediated, elaborating its activities, which take place either locally or remotely, in constant juxtaposition of space and time dimensions not related. All the time, including and excluding people, determining the tempo, the movements and the placement, and defining the degree to which those activities are simultaneous. According to that theoretical approach, it will be presented some poetic projects and described their sensorial experiences proposed, as WHISPER, wearable body architectures, and TENDRILS, interactive kinetic garment (both created by Thecla Schiphorst), SOMO, social mobiles (created by Crispin Jones and IDEO), VESTIS, affective spatialities (created by Luisa Paraguai), and RECOIL, urban environments and the micro-spaces (created by Katherine Moriwaki). Those artworks have assumed the body as a system established through the experience, where the meaning has been elaborated from the object relations with and onto the space, and questioned some ideas such as the emergence of a new body language, the reflection about private space versus public space, the perception of body and space as a dynamic configuration, as well as the appearance of new social codes, behaviours, and etiquettes.
- Luisa Paraguai, artist and researcher, studied Civil Engineering and Computing at University of São Paulo, Brazil. She got a master and doctoral degree at the Department of Multimedia, Institute of Arts, UNICAMP, Brazil. She is an Editorial Director at ABCiber (Brazilian Association of Ciberculture Researchers), a Leonardo Digital Reviewer and a visiting researcher-in-residence at Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK, researching about the social implications of wearable computers. She has presented her artworks at national and international exhibitions as 4D Interactive Computational Art, 2004, Brasília, Cinetic_Digital – Itau Cultural 2005, São Paulo, Mostra SESC Artes 2010 in São Paulo, and SIGGRAPH 2005.