From January 24 until May 21, Melissa Coleman and Marloes ten Bhömer are featured in the CODED_COUTURE exhibition at Tufts University. This exhibition proposes a new interpretation of couture where coding is the ultimate design tool for creating customized garments and accessories. The works displayed range from forward-looking garments and accessories to video projections, objects, drawings, photographs, and interactive applications that provide the public with greater insights into what the future of fashion may hold. A public opening reception will be held on January 26 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
The works in CODED_COUTURE are categorized according to four basic coding themes: biological, cultural, psychological, and synergistic. The themes explore topics of identity, representation, and how we relate to others through highly personalized fashion designs. Featured projects include a dress design by Dutch designers Melissa Coleman that uses a speech recognition system to analyze voice stress as an indicator of untruthfulness. The dress lights up and administers shocks based on the wearer’s responses, “training” the wearer to become more truthful. The dress will be on display alongside a video that will show it in use.
Critically acclaimed designer Marloes ten Bhömer produces shoes that are both provocative and otherworldly. Her work fuses artistic and technological experiment in order to discover shoes anew. Ten Bhömer’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and she gives lectures about her work worldwide. She takes on challenging commissions from galleries and private clients.
Melissa Coleman is a wearables artist working in The Hague, the Netherlands. Melissa’s work focuses on the relationship between the human body and technology. Her key areas of interests are electronic textiles, old media, the performative body and sense augmentation. Melissa teaches do-it-yourself electronics and electronic textiles at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and interaction lab at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam.