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“MY BODY IS A CONVENIENT CONTAINER OF ENERGIES AND RHYTHMS  THAT  I  CAN MANIFEST … THINK OF THE BODY AS  AN  EVOLUTIONARY PROJECTILE”     Stelarc: AMPLIFIED BODY WORKS

This is the story of an artistic synthesis. It is an interpretation of a fashion fusion between revolutionary smart BODY MONITORING fabric and the geometric nature of the 15th Century suit of armour. These are garments that seek to EXTEND and ENHANCE the body’s capabilities and explore a relationship between technology and the body. We see how the suit of armour divides the body into protected sections; pinning and joining segments at pivotal areas. The body monitoring fabric reveals an experience of the internal body to the exterior.

Observing the relationship between this intelligent apparel in the retail environment has lead to the development of a concept store. Garments inspired by the structure of armour are fused with monitoring devices. In the retail space, they become interactive. The patterns and geometry of armour are used as formative principles: pinning, joining and pivoting elements govern the layout and the planning and come together in the BODY WORKS wall. Here, the patterned exterior surface collects monitored information from the occupants clothes in the fitting room and projects it in diagrams, charts and interpretative imagery. The interior is transformed into a communicative interface