Symphony for the Solitude
“Sinfonia para a Solidão” (Symphony for the Solitude) is a wearable that discusses the loneliness resulting from the need for social isolation due to the Pandemic triggered by COVID-19. Two sensors calculate the distance and presence of individuals nearby. If an approach is detected, vibrations of micro-motors are activated, and sounds are played by a small speaker attached to the wearable. The garment is made of tapioca bioplastic with the insertion of cinnamon, turmeric, and dried chamomile tea leaves, adding a layer of smells and textures to the work. The wearable alerts and comforts the user with sounds, vibrations on the skin, and with the smell of herbs alluding to private protected environment and homemade food. It is a symphony of stimuli to address the physical and psychological consequences of social distancing, as well as to warn about the danger of virus contamination.
University of São Paulo
Loren Bergantini is a multimedia artist based in Brazil. She investigates poetically the relation between art, science, and technology. In 2021, she finished her PhD in Visual Arts on the Graduate Program of Visual Arts from the School of Communications and Arts from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (PPGAV/ECA-USP). Her artistic interests encompass synesthesia, multisensory processes, perception, color, voice, interactive art, design, animation, performance, data visualization, and wearables.