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Kristi Kuusk
Exploring sensing and actuating E-textiles for altering self-perception through garment’s inside.
Kristi Kuusk

Kristi Kuusk graduated IT BSc at the Tallinn University of Technology in 2005. She worked as an analyst, while at the same time pursuing creative studies. She acquired an MA in Fashion Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) in 2011. In 2016 Kristi presented her PhD project on craft and sustainability qualities in smart textile services at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her collaborative design work is presented in various international exhibitions, shows and conferences. Since 2016 She works as an Associated Professor (0,5) in textile futures at EAA, and practices smart textile design in her studio.

Magic Lining

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 self perception through the looks: supportive garments adjusting the body physically (corset, tights, heels), form elements creating illusions (shoulderpads, 18th century costumes), uniforms or sub-culture looks creating the sense of belonging or exclusion. The current project looks into possible ways of altering self-perception from inside of the garment. Is there a way to change one’s self-perception without relying on the feedback and the need for approval from other people?
Magic Lining builds on the insights from MAGICSHOES project and proposes a garment that allows the wearer’s the feel as if their body would be made of a different material. What happens in the transition moment, when the wearer shifts from his/her own body to the marble on, or the other way around? In the intersection of neuroscience research on mental body-representation (MBR), human-computer interaction (HCI) and real-life smart textile applications, the project ask questions about the meaning of clothing.

About this residency

  • Magic Lining
    Sevilla, Spain
    Exploring sensing and actuating E-textiles for altering self-perception through garment’s inside.
From Nov. 1, 2017 to Aug. 1, 2018

Localization: Sevilla, ES

    MAGIC SHOES

    The overall aim of MAGICSHOES project is to test the feasibility and potential value of using wearable technology integrating sensory-feedback and body-tracking for improving body-representation, motor behaviour and emotion, and ultimately exercise adherence, in those physically inactive or with sedentary lifestyles. At the intersection between neuroscience research on mental body-representation (MBR), human-computer interaction (HCI) and real-life applications, MAGICSHOES will (1) develop a new wearable device that alters people's perception of their body size and capabilities as they walk or do other physical activity, resulting in more active motor patterns and positive emotional states. Further, this technology would allow (2) exploring its potential benefits for people that are physically inactive, by addressing emotional and psychological factors related to MBR. MAGICSHOES could be used for self-management and therapy for this population.

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