Loss of sensitivity:
In my semestral work, which is based on the theme of AI, I deal with the topic of loss of sensitivity on both a physical and psychological level of human perception. I have chosen these angles largely because of my personal experience with loss of sensitivity in a physical way due to an accident, when I broke my back and had quite severe spinal problems.
AI is defined as the use of a machine or software to take over the active role of humans in a wide range of activities and to make human tasks either easier or more streamlined, to diagnose and heal, to entertain or replace social relations and interactions. Besides the positive role which it occupies in our lives, it also brings negatives. These are not caused directly by AI, but by the way people use it. One of the problems connected with using AI is the absence of touch, which leads to a loss of sensitivity.
I am looking for connections between the physical and psychological deficit of perception. I am convinced that the loss of sensitivity in a physical and psychological way happens for different reasons, has different processes and consequences. In many cases, they are seamlessly linked together. Based on these facts, I am searching for an approach, which can help people once again regain both their sense of touch and sensitivity
For the practical part of my semestral work, I was looking for an approach which could simulate touch, to function as a tool for the stimulation of sensitivity. The initial inspiration for how to transfer my theme and to convey it with garments was sports tape, which I arranged around my body to create an imaginary landscape of touches and to stimulate sensitivity.
These compositions were the starting point to creating the garments themselves. The whole collection was created by using a wide range of knitting techniques. The most important clothing shape is a knitted rectangle with randomly placed sleeves, holes etc. which allows the wearer to create a multitude of different arrangements that symbolize different levels of sensitivity.