This week’s selection is x.pose by designers Xuedi Chen and Pedro G. C. Oliveira.
x.pose is a dynamic 3D printed article of clothing. We mean dynamic in a couple of ways. First, the wearable sculpture is flexible, having been printed in flexy plastic. But the second type of dynamic behavior is far more interesting.
The model, as you can see in the image above and in the video, is holding a smartphone. As she enters more data through the course of normal smartphone activity, the reactive displays within cells in the sculpture become transparent and we can see through the sculpture.
More data, more view. Here’s their punch line:
In the digital realm, we are naked all the time.
They also say:
In the physical realm we can deliberately control which portions our bodies are exposed to the world by covering it with clothing. In the digital realm, we have much less control of what personal aspects we share with the services that connect us. In the digital realm we are naked and vulnerable.
So true. This work visibly demonstrates an effect that all of us experience today, although it’s not quite as visible.