pixelpeppy is Despina Papadopoulos

The space in between: Love Jackets
A pair of jackets emits, and polls for a particular infrared signal. Once the pair finds each other the two beep, emitting a sound akin to crickets mating, and a pattern of LEDs blinks. Each jacket responds only to its unique pair.

Infrared is used both to accentuate the possibility of communication through an invisible spectrum and because of its inherent limitation: infrared only works in “line-of-sight.” The two wearers have to be able to “see” each other in order for the jackets to be activated.

The project aims to explore technology as social functionality and imagine technological artifacts and future AI systems that collaborate with human desire for surprise, serendipity and delight to create new kind of engagements.

The LoveJackets were part of the Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator exhibition, curated by Judith Hoos Fox, exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University Art Museum at the University of California Santa Barbara, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Courtly bags, a variation of the LoveJackets concept and technology, were part of the AsFour Spring 2001 New York collection and were shown as part of Sartorial Flux, A+D Gallery, Chicago in 2006.