I'm specialized in fashion & technology
(integration of electronics in materials and designs)
The intersection of design, fashion, science, and technology.
I’m busy with concepting for future design props, building
electronicl circuits, interaction design, instalations, science,
and a little bit of coding and engineering.
Anouk began working with fashion at the age of 14. Her interest lies in exploring the extent to which we can experience fashion on an emotional, intellectual, and sensual level, and in discovering ways in which we can achieve a higher state of not only physical but also psychological connection between the body and our clothing. She graduated in 2010 from the School of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands, where she completed a thesis on the topic of 'technology as extension of the body’. She has also accomplished a number of internships, including with Sabine Seymour, author of Fashionable Technology in Vienna, AT (2009). Anouk often works collaboratively on her technological projects, for instance with Aduen Darriba (interaction designer) on the project 'Technosensual', with the V2_Labs [Institute for the unstable media] (NL) on 'Pseudomorphs', and with Studio Roosegaarde on the 'Intimacy' project. Recently she was an artist in residence at Quartier21/MQ in Vienna, where she participated with her own fashion show in the MQ Vienna fashion week (2010). Currently she is actively designing new fashion/technology pieces and exhibiting her work internationally.
One of her recent projects has been the creation of an interactive costume existing of a LED integrated American Football inspired chestpiece and illuminating shoes for the 2011's SuperBowl XLV halftime show which was worn by lead singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. This years SuperBowl holds the record for total number of U.S viewers, attracting an average audience of 111 Million viewers, making the game the most viewed television broadcast of any kind in the U.S history.
My work is focused on the intersection of design, fashion, science, and technology. ‘Transformation’ and 'reactive vs. responsive' are two of my main themes. My aim is to develop technological systems that in some way collaborate with the individual, therefore allowing technology be the co-creator of one’s self-expression and behavior. I am working towards using sensors and control boards that not only detect [and process] the presence of the audience, but also use internal bodily functions in order to control phenomena outside the body. Examples of projects moving in this direction are the ‘heartbeat dress’, which records and plays back the sound of the wearers heartbeat; the e-foil used in 'Intimacy', which transforms from transparent to opaque based on sensor input; liquid-based systems such as 'Pseudomorphs', where I used sensor controlled pressure pumps and pneumatic control valves to create a dress that paints itself; and light or movement based systems, such as 'Fragilis', in which two dresses respond based on their proximity to each other. I am interested in exposing the fragility of technological systems, and in using movement, sound, liquid, smoke, and fragrances to create illusions that both express something about the body and enhance how the body functions within its environment.
I enjoy designing towards the notion of a second skin, which inevitably subverts the idea that technology is a 'massive' and 'protective' structure. I prefer to focus more on discovering the poetics that emerge when combining the body with technology and electronics. Most of my narratives explore concepts of personal space, embodied experience, hypersensitivity and, the modern nomad, as well as mimic natural and organic systems. We shape technology, and in turn technology shapes our world. It is in this way that technology has become an extension of our skin and of our bodies. I am less interested in making a statement denouncing technology as a controlling agent, but more inspired by the ways that technology can help us bond with ourselves again, moving towards the idea that technology and humans eventually can exist within a healthy symbiosis.
- Limited TFP-TFCD, lack of time reasons, but willing to consider idea's,
when it makes an splashing addition to my portfolio.
- Prepared to travel for shoots if flight costs are covered.