(re)connect is a garment that allows the wearer to receive feedback from their own gesture and touch. It is constructed of fleece, conductive fabric, conductive thread, boning, and vibrating motors. Engaging in simple, instinctive poses provides the opportunity to close off the outside world and turn inward. Physical connections made between the hands and other points on the body close electric circuits, causing mild vibrations in different regions of the upper body. Both the hood and sleeves are generous in size, allowing the wearer to feel fully covered and protected. It is about centering, grounding, or focusing in the midst of chaos. It gives the power to create one’s own physical and mental space in any sort of situation.
By KATE HARTMAN
(artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art)