If you like art, tech, innovation and a cynical take on the future, Jonathon Keats is the one for you. I found this striking photo of him sporting the very glasses that are part of his new work, thanks to a post on The Mercury News. The exhibit, The New Look of Neuroscience at Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, ties together the ideas of wearable tech, ego and self perception. I caught myself smiling at the description.
Now he has stitched fashion together with actual Harvard-level research, creating neuroscientific couture, involving things like stylish sunglasses, engineered with irises that open and close as you breathe to “increase awareness of one’s internal state.” Or attractive jewelry—rings that telescope out to enlarge the scope of one’s personal influence.
With all of the biometrics, social media and various forms of reality, people have just become exaggerated. It reminds me of the terrible teens where we are self conscious about everything. Anyway, I’m glad someone is able to find the irony using the very materials that makers and techies cherish. Keats refers to the collection as “Superego Suits” according to the press release from the gallery.
Fully modular and customizable to all body types, Superego Suits boast multiple features to alter self-perception, augmenting wearers’ personalities for work and social life. “Today’s wearables can supplement wearers’ memories and knowledge and interactivity by connecting them to the internet,” says Mr. Keats. “But psychologically you still remain your same old self. Glassholes will be Glassholes.”
Keats is using some well researched science, including both biology and tech, while Elena Dorfman adds her refreshing look at this sharp world through her photography. I can only say that if you are anywhere near San Francisco around March 16th at 5:30 PM, this should be one of your notifications. Would you like to create future fashion? Check out Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman. I’ve personally met Kate and I can tell you she is fascinated by non-verbal forms of communication. You’ll find interesting projects like nudging neckties and learn techniques that can help make your own visions for fashion come true. Make your own future.
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