The project focuses on the possibilities for altering people’s self-perception through the garment’s inside. Fashion is famous for its ability to alter people’s
Magic Lining builds on the insights from
Magic Lining Residency put together MAGICSHOES and Kristi Kuusk. MAGICSHOES is a scientific project that explores how sound can alter the experience of one’s own body and aims to test the feasibility and potential value of using wearable technology integrating sensory-feedback and body-tracking for improving body-representation (e.g. body size), motor behaviour (physical activity) and emotion (positive emotional states), and ultimately exercise adherence, in those physically inactive or with sedentary lifestyles. Kristi Kuusk is a designer-researcher interested in exploring new ways for textiles and fashion to be more sustainable through the implementation of technology. Both — MAGICSHOES and Kristi — have, thus, found in this residency a good opportunity to establish synergies and deeply develop their interests. From the insights of MAGICSHOES project — based on shoes and sound —, Kristi proposed to open the project to all the body and work notions such us vibration and garment, aiming to draw the attention to the unused internal side of the garments and textile as a space to alter people’s self-perception for more positive behaviour. Her ultimate goal would be, as she said, to contribute to a future where “instead of choosing clothes based on how they make us look, we could tap into the possibility of having clothes that are able to make us feel better — both physically and emotionally.” During Magic Lining Residency, Kristi and MAGICSHOES had the opportunity of coming together in a workshop in Tallinn, two residencies in Spain, and one in Tallinn. The residency resulted in the production of videos, photos, papers, and in a garment that allows the wearer to feel as if their body would be made of a different material.
Residency video report
Magic Lining helped the MAGICSHOES team to look for new concepts and methods for inducing sensory and emotional experiences that can increase body awareness and/or alter the perception of one’s body. It explored ways how clothing could make the wearer feel physically and emotionally satisfied with his/her body and being. Furthermore, the project brings MAGICSHOES to a new aesthetic level, tackling the current notion of fashion and garment industry and asking how could the value of fashion and clothing shift from outside to inside. The Magic Lining prototype introduced innovative wearable solutions for tracking body signals (movement, physiology) and delivering sound while people are on the move. Magic Lining also sheds light on the social acceptability of the new concepts presented by allowing the immediate community and wider public to experience and comment on the developed piece.
Residency final video