The Culture Series

THU 8 September - SUN 11 September 10AM-8PM
MON 12 September 10AM-6PM
Ars Electronica Center

An article of clothing with sleeve appliqués of leather and copper fabric and neoprene sewn into their structure? And integrated into this electrical circuit is an Arduino microcontroller that interacts with the sleeves’ sensors and transforms the garment into a hybrid organism that reacts to the wearer’s heartbeat? How about matching earrings with a built-in pulse sensor? What sounds like science fiction could become reality courtesy of the The Culture Series, Afroditi Psarra’s collection of wearables.

The origin of the idea for these hand-fashioned e-Textiles is indeed in science fiction. The very existence of The Culture, the fictional civilization in the “Space Operas” by sci-fi author Iain M. Banks, depends upon such sophisticated devices and machines, all of them sentient.

Credits: “The Culture” Series was created during a two-weeks residency at WeMake – Milan’s Makerspace
in February 2015, curated by Zoe Romano.