Eyebeam and The New School present a panel discussion that explores the cultural and psychological implications of wearing technology. The event will feature leading researchers in clinical psychology, contemporary art history, and fashion technology who will offer insights into the history of wearables and how the body is represented and experienced in fashion design and performance.
Susan Ryan (Louisiana State University), will discuss her recent book, Garments of Paradise (MIT Press), a comprehensive survey of wearable technology that lends a critical eye toward both the design and social context of our devices, from the Walkman to Google Glass. Miriam Steele (The New School) and Sabine Seymour(Parsons) will present their current research project, BodyMetaphor, which bridges design, art, and social science to examine fashion and wearable tech’s influence on self-perceptions and physiological assessments of the body. Wendy D’Andrea andSteven Freed (The New School) will examine the intersection between body awareness and physiological states, and the mediating influence of emotion.
Wearing Technology is organized as part of Eyebeam’s Computational Fashion initiative, which brings together artists, fashion designers, scientists, and technologists to explore emerging ideas and develop new work at the intersection of fashion and technology. Eyebeam is a nonprofit art center that supports and promotes dynamic and risk-taking work at the intersection of art and technology. Computational Fashion is supported in part by The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.
Monday, October 27
7 – 9PM
The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
General Admission: $7
Free for New School students, faculty, and staff
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