Can data feeds become stylish and wearable? Can (and how does) our clothing become enhanced through the inclusion of Internet capabilities? In this residency, Erin Lewis explores the potential of wearing an online real-time data set through its complete integration into a garment. Utilizing textile-based and soft circuit techniques as well as electronics design, Erin is creating a wearable artwork connected to the 3G network. This work will intersect areas of data visualization (or “data materialization”), wearable technology, and electronic textiles. In this work, the use of a real-time or near-real-time data feed will both conceptually and functionally direct the behaviour of embedded electronics in the garment.
Erin Lewis is an emerging Canadian artist working in creative electronics, wearable technology, and sculpture/installation. She is a graduate of OCAD University with a BFA in Integrated Media and Wearable Technology. She is an instructor of Wearable Technology at OCAD University (Department of Continuing Studies) and teaches wearable technology, wireless communication, and soft electronics at various artist-run centres and hacklabs in Toronto. Her work has been shown at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada; Maker Faire New York; Nuit Blanche Toronto; the Ontario Science Centre; Discovery Channel Canada; Discovery.com; and in various newspapers and physical computing websites. She has a particular fondness for data feeds and kittens.