Social Fabrics: Wearable + Media + Interconnectivity

Stir It On! is an interactive skirt that reacts to any close encounter on its surface. In crowded cities like Seoul, Korea, where I live, many people bump into you every day. Design patterns in the skirt emit subtle lights when they are "stirred" by objects or persons passing by. The piece was inspired by bioluminescent bay organisms called dinoflagellates that react with luminescent glow when they are agitated. Depending on the wearer’s perspective, the interactive reaction of the Stir It On! skirt can express either an alarm that says "stay away" or a playful request to come closer. Photographs courtesy of Younghui Kim.

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Updated 22 July 2009