Adorning the wearer’s head, Neoteny is part piece of jewellery, part wearable. The project uses the body of the designer as a site upon which to experiment with possibilities of enhancing memories by referencing body movements with olfactory stimuli.
Neoteny, as an amplification device, uses bio-sensing to detect muscle activity levels to trigger the blending and delivery of personalised scents to the wearer. This has the effect of encouraging associative cross-sensory connections and acts as a memory reinforcement and retention paradigm.
“Our everyday lives become ever more sedentary and muscle activity and scope is minimised, the richness of this experience is threatened.”
As our everyday lives become ever more sedentary and muscle activity and scope is minimised, the richness of this experience is threatened. By introducing unusual cross-sensory correlations and creating synesthetic connections across muscle movement and olfaction, Neoteny explores how experience can be diversified and enriched, allowing memories to be more deeply reinforced to assist everyday performance. In part critique of the contemporary tension between biopower and noopower, the design project acts as a case study which plays out in and on the body of the designer to explore interpersonal and intrapersonal environmental mediation.
The sense of self underpinning our experience of reality is a radically embodied process. As we move through and negotiate the world, our muscle activity consistently changes and localises us in our current surroundings.
The design process included a series of self explorations on haptic feedbacks on the body of the designer (Designing Neoteny), and a series of aromatherapy scents experiments (Engineering Neoteny) alongside the master thesis (download pdf) to investigate how do smells amplify our autobiographical memories.
Neoteny further suggests potentials for symbiotic relationships between wearer and wearable, and aims to provoke a debate about current notions of transhumanism.
Watch Neoteny teaser here:
Watch the Making Of Neoteny:
Design Softwares Skills : AutoCAD 3D, Autodesk MAYA, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects
Coding Skills : Arduino
Making Skills : 3D Printing, Silver Jewellery Making
Creative Skills : Graphic Design, Photography, Videography, Film Making, Hand Drawings, Sewing
Completed at:Interactive Architecture Lab, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Exhibited in:Bartlett fifteen show 2018,Graduate Project Faire 2018,IAL Catapult Graduate Showcase 2019 Performed at:Postopia 2019, Ugly Duck Gallery (in collaboration with performing artist, Valeriya Vakutina)