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USA Rainy Garden is an interactive installation that creates a moment of sensory awakening and playfulness through tangible and immersive interactions. It is comprised of seven umbrellas hung from the ceiling and an Arduino compatible circuitry embedded in each umbrella to create sensory immersion. Rainy Garden is inspired from our childhood memories about nature: jumping in the rain, gardening, fresh smell from a garden, etc. Nature is a refuge that provides shelter and comfort. Nature is a nostalgic inspiration and becomes one of core aesthetic components of our work. Rainy Garden becomes a refuge of nature, an idealized immersion, immersion without vulnerability. A touch to each umbrella handle creates a personal boundary with distinct sensory stimulations and a unique floral design print. In the gallery, umbrellas look like big flowers in the floating garden. UV LEDs attached to the outer surface of the umbrellas slowly animate creating raindrops effects. Once a visitor holds a handle of the umbrella and stay underneath of it, the space responds to the viewer and evokes narratives through visual, haptic and sound experiences. Depending on the quality of touch by a visitor, hidden visual patterns, vibrations, cricket-like sounds will appear and create a sensory-rich environment.

intouCh WEaraBlES: ExplorinG amBiEnt rEmotE touCh in ChildparEnt rElationShipS Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo, Annie Sungkajun and Meghan Cook USA InTouch Wearables is a set of wearables that consist of dresses and shoulder pieces that allow mother and child share remote touches through garments with ambient feedback. This was created to explore how remote touches can convey emotion and help people stay connected between remote locations. This project was created based on the lead artist’s personal experience with her child. In InTouch Wearables, a parent can increase the vividness of her conversation with a child through contextualized touch, and the loved ones may enhance the affective tone of their communication using a remote touch technology. All the electronic components of the garment for sensing human touches and actuating color-changing garment are embedded on the main fabrics.

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rainy GardEn Annie Sungkajun and Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo

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Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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