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In step

Armstrong, Keith M. (2007) In step. [Digital/Creative Work]

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In Step was a wearable artwork consisting of a pair of embroidered foot bandages and an actuator ‘cushion’ embedded with 15 electromechanical actuator pistons. The bandage was embedded with woven, soft and flexible fabric sensors - interconnected with metallic connecting threads, fasteners and a wireless interface (in a final form). When wrapped around a foot and lower leg the sensors sat on the ball of the toes and heel. This ‘wearable interface’ was then connected wirelessly to a soft sculptural form, which employed actuators to tap gently in response to the qualities of the walk detected by the soft sensors. In this way the ‘tread qualities’ of the walker could then be felt by someone else holding this device against their stomach – thereby allowing pairs of participants to ‘feel’ the tactile qualities of the other's walk. The work was presented both as a working object and via a short videorecorded performance.----- In Step generated innovative new approaches to interface and sensor embedded clothing/footware whilst also creating an evocative vehicle to comment upon contemporary Post Colonial theories of weight and groundedness – particularly the psycho-geographical ‘separation’ from the landscape that inspired Paul Carter’s “environmentally grounded poetics”. The work’s final form also suggested critical new directions for responsive clothing and footwear for the emerging genre of smart textiles.

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ID Code: 25844
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Funders: Australian Network for Art and Technology, Arts Queensland
Material: Fabric, Woven Soft Sensors, Conductive Thread, Fastners, Electronics, Foam and Wood
Measurements or Duration: N/a
Published Source: N/a
Publisher: N/a
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
WearNow Symposium. ‘TECH’ is the new ‘BLACK’, Australian National Museum, Canberra, Australia. 2007-02-03 2007-02-03
Textile/Jewellry Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 2007-02-02 2007-02-02
Wear Now Shopfront Exhibition, Electrofringe Festival, Darby Street, Newcastle, Australia. 2007-09-27 2007-10-01
Keywords: Wearable Art, Media Art, Performance and Media, Smart Textiles, Ecological Art
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified (190599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Creative Commons Licenced, Keith Armstrong
Copyright Statement: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2009 14:54
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:53

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