Critical Wearables Research Lab

Junk hacking digital possibility

Drawing from perspectives in computing, design, sociology and fashion, Critical Wearables Research Lab sought to expand how a worn item could be, do and act. Developed at a time of consumer focus on generically developed ‘Wearables,’ this project was posed as a space to critically reflect on what we want enhanced- what would our superpower be, enabled through worn items; to examine the realm of the ‘otherness,’ of being human.   

Connecting a variety of skills from digital and non-digital backgrounds, junk hacking was used to quickly illustrate complex ideas of being human in a digital realm from assemblages. The resulting artifacts included; The Long Hug, (how an uncomfortably long hug could provoke data leak). Serious Data Bounce, who used a pinball metaphor to explore the collaborative negotiation of data use. Otherwear, who imagined a start-up offering proxy identity services they called ‘digital doppelgänger’ and ‘the empathy machine’ Collaboration Machine, who considered the questions of network elasticity; and Consent by Design, who’s various weft threads and strips represented the extraction of data by organisations orthogonally to the flow of the individuals’ lives.

Speakers included: Maneesh Juneja (Digital Health Futurist) Steve Legg (IBM), Richard Tynan (Privacy International), Camille Baker (Media Artist/ Researcher and Curator) and Samantha Clarke (Happiness Consultant).

Members of the collective:

Dan McQuillan, Goldsmiths, University of London, Kat Jungnickel, Goldsmiths, University of London. Rain Ashford, Goldsmiths, University of London, Mariza Dima, Creativeworks London, Rachel Lasebikan, Creativeworks London, Gerard Briscoe, Creativeworks London.

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Date: 2015

LCF Research Academics: Lynne Murray, Douglas Atkinson

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