Nama is a research project on relational aesthetics, open design and technology, and the thresholds among the Tangible, the Virtual, and the Incorporeal. As outcomes of such research, an open-source soft circuit interface for motion sensing, an audiovisual interactive installation, and a written publication (Bachelor Thesis) were produced.
Bachelor Thesis (Portuguese online)Project's website (deprecated)DIY Tutorial (interface)
Based on the concept of relational objects (by Lygia Clark), the interface is built upon a fabric tissue given its physical particularities that are able to bring to senses characteristics related to virtuality such as: softness, uncertainty, flexibility and fluidity. Both the instrument and the audiovisual installation are aimed at providing a non-verbal kinetic understanding of the Virtual, through the folding and unfolding of an object that is both tangible and digital.
The project had an open process of development (through the blogs Devir and Instrument), relied on open source technology for its production, and is also open source for its further adaptation. Since its release, the interface's setup has been adopted and adapted by artists and designers working with soft circuitry to produce interactive pieces of cloths and motion sensing interfaces.
Apart from the documentation of the project's development, the Thesis have comprehended a series of short theoretical essays on the concepts and processes involved in the project. It begins by defining the "Schizo-project", a definition of a mode of designing that occurs through relating desiring machines at the processual level. In a second essay, "Liquid glimpses", a comprehension of Contemporaneity as a liquid reality is traced, together with a description of the modes of production in liquidity. In a third essay, "The poetics of making", a direct relation between Design and Play is entwined; while the last essay, "Silence to representation", contains a manifesto towards volatile, liquid, and non-representational design processes.
2013 The Creators ProjectControlling sound and projections with a piece of high-tech clothAbdullah Saeed. New York, US.
2013 Fast Company (Co Design)A Piece Of Cloth That Conjures Light And SoundKyle Vanhemert. New York, UK.
2013 Fashioning TechNama: An Open Source Textile InterfaceSyuzi Pakhchyan. Los Angeles, US.
2013 Prote.inNama: Arduino technology turns an everyday blanket into an audiovisual instrumentMaks Fus Mickiewicz. London, UK.
2015 International Symposium on Wearable Computers"Re-Flux" exhibition with Galina Mihaleva. Osaka, JP.
2013 The Wrong New Digital Art BiennaleExhibition and performance. TAL (Tech Art Lab). Rio de Janeiro, BR.
2013 MAK (Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst)"Sonic Fabric" group video exhibition. Vienna, AT.