Foreign Bodies - The creation of symbiotic jewellery through the development and application of stimulus-responsive smart materials and microelectromechanical systems

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Abstract

With the increased prevalence of digital technologies in our everyday lives, the questions posed to the contemporary craft practitioner regarding creation of an emotionally resonant interaction between the digitally enhanced object and its wearer have become progressively more prominent in the applied arts. Through examining the notion that human biology is a part of material culture, where the body can be shaped, customised or altered through surgical intervention and scientific innovation, this extended abstract explores how recent developments in material science and wearable technologies can be viewed as contiguous rather than oppositional to the organic processes of the human body and how to bridge the gap between the craft practitioner and scientific discovery. More immediately however, this research project challenges the perception of smart materials and their application within the field of contemporary jewellery in both an artistic and scientific context through proposing the development of symbiotic stimulus-reactive jewellery organisms. Potential practical applications of these jewellery objects exist in the areas of human–computer interaction, transplant technology, identity management and artificial body modification including prosthetics, where such symbiotic jewellery organisms could be used to develop visually engaging yet multifunctional enhancements of the body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Science and Technology
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
EventCIMTEC 2012 - 4th International Conference Smart Materials, Structures and Systems - Montecatini Terme, Italy
Duration: 10 Jun 201214 Jun 2012
http://old.cimtec-congress.org/2012/

Keywords

  • Smart Materials
  • Digital Jewellery
  • Craft
  • Microelectronics
  • Smart Metals
  • Smart Polymers
  • Studio Jewellery

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    Crafted Evolution - The creation of the HyperHive Series

    Vones, K., 4 Nov 2019, RTD2017 Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Research Through Design Conference. Durrant, A. & Yee, J. (eds.). Edinburgh: Research Through Design, p. 17-30 13 p.

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    Microjewels Monograph

    Vones, K. & Childs, M. (ed.), 23 Jun 2016, 1 ed. Edinburgh: Geotronic Collective. 60 p.

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    Digital Symbiosis: The Aesthetics and Creation of Stimulus-Reactive Jewellery with Smart Materials and Microelectronics

    Vones, K., 2015, xCoAx 2015: proceedings of the third conference on computation, communication, aesthetics & X. Clifford, A., Carvalhais, M. & Verdicchio, M. (eds.). Glasgow: University of the West of Scotland, School of Computing, p. 221-232 12 p.

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    Towards the Uncanny Object: Creating Interactive Craft with Smart Materials

    Author: Vones, K. B., 2017

    Supervisor: Wilson, S. (Supervisor), Lim, S. C. (Supervisor) & Duplock, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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