Modern technology has the ability to infuse itself into almost every aspect of our lives, our environment and our social structures. There is now a movement afoot to have technology merge into the very fabric of our clothes, the accessories we wear and even some private aspects of our lives. This erosion of the boundaries between our physical, technological and social spheres is generating genuine ethical and privacy concerns and potentially having implications for human evolution.
Wear Next_ is an innovative exhibition, curated by Beck Davis and Rafael Gomez, investigating wearable technology and its physical and social impacts. This fabulous exhibition is already being held at Gallery 1 of the Gallery artisan, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley and is set to continue on until Saturday, 7 November, 2015.
Entry to the exhibit is FREE.
Gallery artisan corner Brunswick and Ivory Streets, Fortitude Valley
Wear Next_ is being held in Gallery 1 at Gallery artisan at the following times:
Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm;
Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and
Monday and Sunday: CLOSED.
The exhibition explores technical, ethical and moral challenges of embedding technology into our clothes and accessories. It includes wearable technology for sport, health, disability and personal communication and even explores new ideas for enhancing dance and choreography.
You will be amazed by the exhibition's creative wearables and technologically enabled garments such as clothing and smart watches and how they are creating new ways for us to connect to information about ourselves (pedometers), society (social media) and other aspects of our everyday lives (cars, clothes and smart phones) on a scale we have not experienced before.
Wear Next_ is setting a trend in bridging the gaps between art, design and technology. Through the variety of works displayed the exhibition is instigating public discussions surrounding wearable technology and its impact on our mediated future-selves. In drawing out an audience reaction to the potential ramifications of wearable technology such as, over-sharing of private information and the security of confidential data, Wear Next_ provides some answers to the questions raised regarding technical, ethical and moral challenges of the processes.
Wearable technology is a world-wide movement that catches national traits from international artists. For example, interpretations of what may be worn in the future and expressed by artists and designers including Erina Kashihara from Japan, Tricia Flanagan from Hong Kong, Raune Frankjaer of Germany, China's Tobias Klein, Melissa Coleman and Camille Baker from the United Kingdom and USA's Kate Sicchio are on display.
Part of this exciting display includes:
The BIOdress – a garment comprised of cloth and technology that responds to the natural environment, particularly air quality. Thermochromic dyes, activated by heating embroidered conductive thread, allow the garment to change colour according to the particulate levels detected in the air. Actuators expand and contract pleats situated on the shoulders of the BIOdress so they appear to breathe in response to the air quality. Faster breathing equates to poorer air quality.
limbU, by Troy Baverstock, is a 3D printed and aesthetically designed attachment for prosthetic legs that functions as a medical diagnostic tool, activity tracker, phone charger and personal entertainment system.
Lightning bug, by Raune Frankjaer, comprises knitwear, optical fibre and electronics that emit light patterns activated by physical changes such as the wearer's heartbeat.
Gallery artisan is the trading name for Craft Queensland, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The Gallery's commitment and passion comes to life in its vibrant, high quality exhibitions presented to display, promote and celebrate excellence in craftsmanship and design from Australia and overseas. Gallery artisan is THE place to seek influence and inspiration for innovative craft and design.
To find out more about this fantastic exhibition check out Gallery artesian's web page here and for more detail on the Wear Next_ exhibition click here for the 'What's On' page. For general enquiries you can call 3215 0800 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.