Wear & Seek is an interactive and immersive experience we set up at Arcade East during London Design Festival 2017. It will next be performed for the WEARABLE RESISTANCE Salon at the Museum of London on 13th of March 2018.
Upon entering, the audience is asked to WEAR specially designed garments and to use the various vision systems that were made available: they then went to SEEK for the garments responding to either of the vision systems they were endowed with.
The aim of the play is to sent the visitors on a quest to understand the process of ‘being watched’ and ‘being the one watching’ in a world where our bodies are more than ever read and quantified with the help of machine vision.
Developed out of the Hide&Seek game, two HoloLenses allowed a mixed reality experience that uses the various garments and patterns as triggers to create virtual landscapes and animations. As further extension of the game, Julie Cunningham and Hannah Deburfield performed whilst being followed by a person wearing an InfraRed Camera Headset – recording their various bodily heat-pattern in contrast to those of the audience.
The process of surveillance and spy-tools became a design-led experience that soon led to an immersive play on enhanced vision systems and their future role in design and social interaction.
Workshops that will be conducted with focus groups of designers are now being developed in order to understand and observe how our products are being used and if our hypothesis that designers do have to start designing for machine vision and therefor have to alter their design-process is valid. The next workshop will take place at the Design Museum London in March 2018.
This project was developed in collaboration with DoubleMe, Ravensbourne University and Arcade East. With massive thanks to dance artists Julie Cunningham, Lucy Suggate and Hannah Heburfield, to Jelena Viscovic for producing the Unity Animations for HoloLens, Hiro Yokoyama for editing parts of the video and to the wonderful Paul Steinmann for his sound-collages.
Photo-Credits: Katy Davies