Walking City is a collection of interactive dresses made out of nylon, cotton, and electronic sensors that can be altered using pneumatics. The designer utilizes origami-like shapes in the textiles that appear to “breath” in response to noise, sound, light, or movement. Pneumatic mechanisms are sown directly into the nylon and cotton fabric.

What feature of the work could we specifically evolve into a technique for wearable kinetic sculpture or costume?

We could incorporate the use of sensory cues (ie. air in the video) to alter the form and pattern of the textile, possibly for smaller accessories to draw attention to them.

What details of the artist or concept are not immediately apparent and how do they inform the work?

The characteristics of the fabric are not immediately apparent but can be discovered by the fabric’s response to the stimulus, which can be perceived as how people react to their environment.

Are there closely related works?

Similar works include the use of pneumatics for rehabilitative wearables, as seen in this application for upper limb disability seen in stroke survivors. The actuator inflates and unfolds, helping the wearer’s arm to lift.

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