Balance from Within
This work by Jacob Tonski takes an antique sofa and uses robotic elements to precariously and dynamically balance with a teetering motion on one leg. I saw this piece displayed at the Miller gallery on campus and I really enjoyed the subtle movements and ideas of balance that could be carried into a wearable kinetic piece because even when someone tries to remain absolutely still, they are always moving and balancing.
This piece is more fabric/fashion based and is a dress-like garment that reacts to the light of a camera flash by moving and blurring the body. I like how the kinetic movements where the dress undulates are activated by the lights of a camera flash.
Another dress by Ying Gao, this outfit responds to the presence of strangers and start curling and moving when they sense the contact of an unfamiliar fingerprint. I like the way that the artist works with the idea of clothing as a protective device that responds to unknown people and the concept of physical contact with others triggering a visual response.
In this project, Alex Pegna creates interesting geometric clothing out of spaghetti formed into rigid geometric shapes on body forms. While this piece doesn’t have much movement, I like the medium and the potential for more mobile linkages this could have.