Blinklifier, Tricia Flanagan and Katia Vega. Photo: Dicky Ma

HIF 2014 Hong Kong

Haptic InterFace Exhibition 2014 will take place from 3rd – 19th December at the Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong. It featured art/design/multi-media work in the form of body related works from leading artists/ designers/ scientists around the world.

The focus of 2014 exhibition is HIF Designing Experience.

In addition to the core exhibition a pop-up exhibition of concepts/prototypes developed in the Wearables Lab will be exhibited as a at the end of the 10-day intensive workshop. A public sympossium will take place, an opportunity to meet the 20 HIF workshop participants and get a global insite into latest exploritory research in the field.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

Haptic Interface 2014 – Designing Experience combines our current reality, our imagined future and our unimagined future with Fuller’s challenge by bringing together professionals and creative thinkers from different disciplines and cultures to explore the borders between art, science and technology in an innovative trans-disciplinary exhibition of new ideas in relation to the body through the creative use of materials and praxis.

Works in this exhibition consider an intermediary zone; not clearly part of the body (the intimate-self) or of the public (the communal-self) it can be viewed as a space of depth rather than surface.
The affordances of the body may undermine and even revise existing practices of embodiment and lead to new processes for navigating the alternative geographies of post-modernity.

Technology is increasingly becoming smaller and more powerful and access to data, faster and more portable, while scientific discoveries are revealing more about how our mind and bodies work. The resulting interconnected world of objects, beings and spaces is the environment we currently inhabit. It is within the intersecting nodes and spaces of accelerated change, through intelligence, imagination and innovation that we must imagine and design ethical and sustainable future(s) in which we want to live.

Sara ADHITYA, Isaac CHONG, Meiyi CHEUNG, Bryan CHUNG, Emma COOPER, Beck DAVIS, Jared DONOVAN, David EBNER, Tricia FLANAGAN, Raune FRANKJAER, Daniel GILGEN, Rafael GOMEZ, Dave HRYNKIW, HO Siu Kee, Ceci HO Sze Lo, Kinor JIANG, Erina KASHIHARA, Tobias KLEIN, Joey LAI, Miu Ling LAM, Daniel LAU Chak Kwong, Kosa LAW, Zoe MAHONY, Hofi MAN, Kit MESSHAM-MUIR, Jana MOERMANN, Ann MORRISON, Kingsley NG, Louis NG, Roger NG, Jake OLIVER-FISHMAN, Elizabeth SHAW, Michaela SWAN, Poly TAM, Anne WIEDAU, Musey XU, Tobias ZIMMER




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2013 Sydney VIVID festival

Haptic InterFace – pop-up exhibition

Venue : Hong Kong House, 80 Druit Street Sydney 2000, Ground floor

Dates : 27th May – 6th June

Opening hours : 9:30 – 4:30 weekdays

Cost : Free

In November 2012 a group of professionals and creative thinkers from diverse backgrounds and cultures came together for ten-intensive-day’s in the Wearables Lab to explore the interactions of art, science and technology under the theme Haptic InterFace. The Wearables Lab, an innovative trans-disciplinary laboratory within the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, is equipped with state of the art technology and facilitated by a team of experts and support staff. The experimental prototypes developed in HIF 2012 will be on show in Australia for the first time for VIVID ideas.

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Imagine shoes that enable you to have a physical awareness of another person walking. Sensors on the bottom of the shoes communicate via microcontrollers through smartphones to actuators on the top of another pair of shoes. When one person sits to rest, the other will feel the weight lift. When one runs, the other will feel increased pressure and faster rhythm. People wearing the prototype shoes and strangely sensing each others activity are currently walking around Trier, Germany, and Brisbane, Australia.

A set of wicker hats, reminiscent in shape to elongated Victorian bonnets, take the sound waves from the voice of the wearer and amplify them into kinetic energy in the other’s bonnet. One person experiences the voice of the other visually, through the movement of the brim above her eyes, and aurally through the chattering noise that the movement creates in the bamboo reeds from which the hat is constructed. The hat vibrates causing the brim sticks to chatter, in this way the voice is translated into a kind of whisper. Each hat responds to the other, engaging the wearers in an immersive, interactive, haptic, audio-visual experience.

A wearable pillow that surrounds the head alerts the wearer if he/she begins to snore. Based on a skivvy design around the neck, which holds the sensors in place, an Arduino single-board microcontroller and vibrator are embedded inside a padded sculpted hood, shaped like an egg laid on its side, the fully felted headpiece has the appearance of a surrealist sculpture, and the white felt fabric metaphorically evokes a cloud, an apt reference for dreaming and sleep.

By wearing specially designed white cuffs with ostrich feather plumage highlighted by a diffused pulsating red light, two people can sense each other’s presence even when they are out of visible range. The prototype cuffs read the pulse of one person and send it as vibration to another cuff. The production of many cuffs and their trial with larger groups will
enable interesting exploration of “swarm behavior.”

‘Blinklifier’, (pictured above) a wearable computer that amplifies voluntary and involuntary eyelid movement and powers a visible light array, uses bio-data directly to interact with the computer. Although the head-dress can be consciously controlled, this fashion artifact is designed to avoid conscious interaction and instead directly amplify the body’s expression. Blinklifier doesn’t look like a computer; its electronic components are nearly invisible. Attached to metalized fake eyelashes are lines of skin conductive ink. An Arduino microcontroller translates the eyelashes’ blinking movements into signals to light up the LEDs embedded in the large headdress. Facial expressions are complex but easily recognized and naturally understood. By their amplification through bodily worn devices, something usually overlooked in everyday life can become a rich source of knowledge, or open potential for new ways of communicating our emotions and of understanding others.

HIF participants: Celina Alvarado New York/Madrid; Sabrina Basten; Priscilla Bracks Brisbane Australia; Dean Brough Brisbane Australia; Raune Frankjaer Trier Germany; Dawn-Joy Leong Sydney Australia; Sandra Coelho Portugal; Katia Canepa-Vega Lima Peru; Meiyi Cheung Hong Kong SAR China; Jared Donovan Brisbane Australia; Tricia Flanagan Hong Kong/Australia; Geoph Frey Zurich Switzerland; Hugo Fuks Rio de Janeiro Brazil; Daniel Gilgen Trier Germany; Anne Graham Sydney Australia; Seraphine Gutekunst Hong Kong/ Switzerland; Karyn Henderson Wellington New Zealand; Jonathan James Newcastle Australia; Gavin Sade Brisbane Australia; Elizabeth Shaw Brisbane Australia.

Above image credit: Blinklifier, Tricia Flanagan and Katia Vega, photo Dicky Ma.

This event has been made possible through the kind support of:

Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts ;

The Woolmark Company (Logo Courtesy of the Woolmark Company ;

Seeed Studios ;

Venue sponsorship by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office .


2012 Hong Kong

Haptic InterFace Exhibition 2012 took place from November 21st – December 16th at the Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong. It featured art/design/multi-media work in the form of body related works from leading artists and designers around the world. Concepts/prototypes developed in the Wearables Lab were added to the core exhibition at the end of a 10-day intensive workshop.

Celina ALVARADO, Kristina ANDERSEN, Raymond AU, Sabrina BASTEN, Martin BELLARDI, Margarita BENITEZ, Dean BOUGH, Priscilla BRACKS, Katia CANEPA-VEGA, CHONG Wai, Meiyi CHEUNG, Bryan CHUNG, Anne-Christin DELAKOWITZ, Jared DONOVAN, Tricia FLANAGAN, Daniel GILGEN, Seraphine GUTEKUNST, Raune FRANKJAER, Hugo FUKS, Anne GRAHAM, Karyn HENSON, HO Siu Kee, Jonathan JAMES, Clare JOHNSTON, Freeman LAU, Kanta KOCHHAR-LINGDREN, LAM Chi-hin Jin, Dawn-Joy LEONG, LEUNG Mee Ping, Roger NG, Katherine OLSTON, Hector RODRIGUEZ, Gavin SADE, Audrey SAMSON, Elizabeth SHAW, Zoie SO, Markus VOGL, Danielle WILDE, Fionna WOODS


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