Still image from video, Short movement
Long and Repetitive movement
As a society we learn and adapt to new ways of moving all the time. Think of the way we interact with machines or with our smartphones for example - on the one hand, we hold them close to our bodies, almost always within our reach. But our interactions with them are limited to just a few simple repetitive gestures - scroll, drag, drop, zoom in/out, etc.
And if machines can become an extension of our bodies and lead our fingertips to move in certain ways, could our clothing, which are the closest thing to our physical body, do the same?
As emerging tech such as IOT, Mixed realities and Wearables start to immerse into our lives, a need arises for new gestural interaction techniques that can be used in different scenarios, spanning from physiotherapy, play, sports, performance, and communication.
Body Wearing Movement
A speculative design research project, exploring the development and integration of a textile-base gestural interaction technique into wearables
MA thesis project, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, Art.
ISRAHCI (Radical Ui's track) - When Cyborgs dance, BGU, Feb 2018
Movement Boundaries Seminar - Bodies Wearing Movement, BGU, 2016
When Cyborgs Dance, Gridded Fabric(ations), Vitrina gallery, Holon, 2020
Art direction & design
Video photography: Haim Yafim Barbalat
Video editing: Omri Aylon
Sound design: Roy Cheled
Still photography: Achikam Ben Yosef
Dancers: Ariel Sher, Noa Buchman, Keren Sancho Leviatov
What if you could embed choreography into dress?
Body Wearing Movement is an interdisciplinary applied research project integrating research and design techniques derived from interaction, data visualisation, scenography, psychology, dance, and fashion.
Process & Users
The project was developed through iterative interviews, rapid prototyping and user testing sessions with dancers, choreographers, pilates instructors, and physiotherapists.
Rails concept evolution
The final collection includes 3 garments, was visualised in a video, when Cyborgs Dance, photographed in a live jam session without any additional external choreography.
The design of the video was inspired by Oscar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet. It explores how abstract movements (round, short, repetitive and long) - could be embedded into dress.
When Cyborgs Dance, trailer
Still image from video, Round movement