The Holy Dress is a garment that will punish its wearer through an electric shock when a lie is told. By wearing the dress you have the opportunity to become a martyr for truth. The dress is a speculative design imagining what it would be like if we would wear electronically enhanced clothing to keep our morality in check. The Holy Dress has a speech recognition system that constantly checks for lies. It guesses if you're lying through voice stress analysis, since vocal stress can be an indicator of untruthfulness. While you are talking the dress will light up, growing with intensity as the likelihood of a lie increases. Once the dress has determined it's heard a lie it will fully light up and flicker while it punishes you through an electric shock. The shock has two functions. On the one hand the punishment is a retribution for a wrongdoing, psychologically cleansing you of your sin, on the other hand it will train you to be truthful, making it unappealing to tell further lies.
The current prototype dress works for both lies of the wearer and lies of people close by. This way you take responsibility for both your own truthfulness, but also of those people close to you. You take on other people's sins, as it were. This double function interests me because you make other people implicitly responsible for the punishment you get when they lie. It's also a quite literal visualisation of the idea that if you tell a lie you harm the person you tell it to.
Photography Sanja Marusic
Hair+makeup Darien Touma
Model Bibiche at Dune Agency
Metalwork Joachim Rotteveel
Thanks to Lex van der Broek, Daniel Schatzmayr
Made with the support of Quartier21 / MQ Vienna
Media Vintage is a series of interactive electronic textiles that contain memories. Alpha is a suitcase in which you can weave temporary secret messages in Morse code. Bravo is a tapestry that sings a song from long ago when your fingers read the embroidered Braille. Charlie is a trench-coat that reads fabric punchcards and tells you stories from an old man's life.
The project is inspired by an article by Bruce Sterling in The Book of Imaginary Media, in which he points out that new media become obsolete faster than old ones. Media Vintage is critical of the storage of digital data in black boxes, which become inaccessible shortly after another storage medium becomes the norm. It remembers a time when technology was built to last and tries to imagine how digital data storage could be visual, physical and meaningful. In Media Vintage, digital information is physically stored in textiles and read through interaction. The textiles make digital data, which is so abstract and fleeting, readable by both man and machine.
Project page of Media Vintage at V2_
Made with the support of V2_Lab
Special thanks Piem Wirtz, Stan Wannet, Simon de Bakker, Meg Grant, Joachim Rotteveel and George Spindler