My Shirt is Breathing
In a direct continuation of its attempt to decipher the complex relations between man, computer and the digital world, Beit Ha’ir Museum addressed blurred boundaries between the body and smart materials by commissioning a conceptual investigation of wearable technology and its present state of development.
The exhibition examined the concept of intelligent wearables — one of the most relevant contemporary expressions of the relationship between man and technology, particularly computer technology.
Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman’s commission for the exhibition was the BioWear project, a conceptual fashion accessory she created and embedded with sensors that monitor changes in the wearer’s heart rate, equating these to shifting emotions. Feathers attached to a leather harness move in different patterns and at different speeds in response to fluctuations in the heartbeat.
In addition to her own work, Pailes-Friedman also exhibited 6 student projects on wearable technology from personal wearable electronics to wearable experiments designed for astronauts in her ongoing NASA WEAR Lab research collaboration.