Sends out an image of its wearer to surrounding smartphones.
The CharmingBurka deals with Freud's idea that all clothes can be
positioned between appeal and shame. The Burka was chosen, because
it is often perceived in the west as a symbol of repression. A
digital layer was added so that women can decide for themselves
where they want to position themselves virtually. The Burka sends
an image, chosen by the wearer, via Bluetooth technology. Every
person next to her can receive her picture via mobile phone and
see the women's self-determined identity. In the artists
interpretation the virtual appeals can not be gathered by the laws
of the Koran and so the Charming Burka fulfills the desire of
living a more western life, which some Muslim women have today.
Therefore the Burka is equipped with bluetooth
antenna/micro-controller and uses the OBEX protocol, already
working with most mobile phones. The wearer may turn the system on
whenever she wants to send the image.
Developed in the
Digital Media Class
at the University of the Arts Berlin.
Haase & Martin.