This course is for designers who are interested in technologies that have the human body and its covering as their focus.
The main conceptual framework for the course will be provided by theories of digital craftsmanship, body-centric technologies and phenomenological readings and speculative philosophy. These will assist in helping you to sift and prioritise the current trends and thought relating to fashion and discussion around the body within data-informed spaces.
An interdisciplinary field of study will include interaction and UX design and open source culture, design innovation and applied philosophy. You will be introduced to philosophical trends and these will tie in with your practice and help you to develop a critical view incorporating design fiction and other emerging theories. You will engage with research methods such as participatory, user-study and user-centred design. We will help you to influence the decision makers so that wearable solutions will be accepted and meet the cultural and ethical expectations when designing for the human body and the garment-industry.
Today’s Western identity and values have been constructed and influenced by the current use of technology within our neoliberal culture. This analysis is used to foresee to what extent the next biotechnological era would soon alter the Western identity; from our ethics and values to our own bodies.
The research foresees the construction of this posthuman identity and its relation to the body through the analysis of different theories around culture, identity, and technology; considering themes on biotechnology, transhumanism, sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and biology, beauty from a biological perspective, material and cosmetic culture, body modification and human enhancement.
The practice uses speculative design as a methodology to develop a fictional narrative through the Synthetic Skin Salon installation.
The practice considers a Western posthuman-based culture where the desire to change physical appearance is driven by the value to achieve the maximum body hyper-efficiency. Exploring how in the future, humans could alter their body through a new practice of cosmetic genetic enhancements.
You are expected to consider the cultural and social role inherent to fashion as a part of wearable futures. Wearable Futures students will focus their investigations on the key flashpoints of the body as an interface for what is a symbiotic, physical and digital exchange.
Wearable Futures graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to be innovative within different facets of the new and emerging wearable tech industry.