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Interactive Media Lab, Art and Design, UNSW

Block A, Ground floor

crn Greens Rd and Oxford St

Paddington, NSW 2021

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EXHIBITION OPEN 6 - 10th March

Weekdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM,

Weekends 9:00 AM-12Noon

What’s the future got in store for us? Wearable technology, interactive media and smart textiles created by UNSW artists, designers, scientists and engineers will be on show for Sydney Design Festival.

Design is in discourse with contemporary issues in this outside-the-box approach to designing our future. From critical and speculative to functionally focused prototypes, the exhibition presents design thinking that grapples themes like sustainability, biodiversity, technogenesis and self-sustaining energy systems for life off the grid. Mass markets are rapidly adapting and transitioning from portable (mobile phones, tablets) to wearable (Google glass and motion sensors) devices. Wearables that live on, near or in our bodies give rise to a previously unimagined level of data about users and the environment. The absorption of technology into the very fabric of clothes, accessories and even bodies begins to dilute boundaries between physical, technological and social spheres and has potential implications for human evolution.

You will see a speculative automatic defence mechanism that alerts users of dangerous levels of pollution. The prototype utilises pollution sensors and motors to raise a functional smog mask around the wearer. Another mask acts as a filtration system for a visually saturated landscape. It is framed as a reclamation of public spaces, that have been taken from the public through excessive advertisements, sponsorships, and logos.

At the opening you can also see a demonstration of the interactive interface “Happy Brackets" or register to take a guided walk in one of Sydney’s urban rewilded environments wearing a cyborganic aid for empathetic experience of insects.

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