[-empyre-] wearable technology

Susan E Ryan faryan at lsu.edu
Mon Feb 3 06:29:49 EST 2014

Right. It's been busy few days.

Johannes mentions the range of what wearable technology encompasses. 

Of course, I am not talking about dancers and actors having a "digital look," but that that
operates at the level of what is offered to us (commercially, industrially) as cultural display, 
what Biena has identified as the "uniform of digital devices."  The increasing array of
commercial wearable technology that offers itself for consideration as part of our
habits of dressing, and what it might mean if they succeed. I want to continue this in reply to Biena's post.


On Jan 29, 2014, at 2:01 PM, Johannes Birringer wrote:

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> dear all
> [Susan Ryan schreibt]
> But wearable devices have a stake in treating us all the same and thus all having the same,
> sleek "digital look."
> hmm, surely I would have thought the opposite, no matter what stake wearable devices might have and I don't think they do have one.
> In my experience, and there are separate areas then of discussion, namely the everyday or such sectors such as the medical, or the firefighters
> or the police or border guards,   and then fashion (and sports) and then, say, the performing arts, where for example Michèle Danjoux, our designer
> in the DAP-Lab creates & designs costumes with integrated "technologies" for the performers and they are all different; 
> and thus perhaps one needs to look carefully at what is worn and how, and what can be worn that is technologically interactive or proactive, needed or useless, 
> adorning or playful and "degraded," as Hito Steyerl might say when she so wonderfully writes about the need for "low resolution" against the commodity
> fetishisms implied by Susan....
> but to come back to her remark, none of the
> dancers or actors in our pieces has the "same sleep digital look" -- and what is that, a digital look? -- nor do people I meet on a daily basis
> dress the same at all, I see massive differences and idiosyncracies, also related particularly to ethnic and cultural contexts, urban and rural contexts,  and 
> varied realms of self expression or self performance (and the other ways, name when folks do not perform). 
> respectfully
> Johannes Birringer
> DAP-Lab
> London
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