BEATRICE SANGSTER-BULLERS

CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS

DEGREE SHOW: DESIGN

My work is centered around the use of AI in wearable garments, and, in the wider context of design. I’m interested in the development of AI in wearable products, my research and design process involves working with smart materials and new technologies within the intersection of fashion and technology. I’m interested in how technology impacts our existence, the human experience, and the relationship between humans and technology, further, I’m interested in using Artificial Intelligence in a way that supports our human relation- ships, improves human lives and strengthens our humanness within design.

The collection is formed around the concept of ‘The Technological Singularity’ the hypothesis that ordinary humans will someday be overtaken by artificially intelligent machines or cognitively enhanced biological intelligence. This collection is representative of the concerns regarding the progress of technology, it is symbolic of understanding what it means to be human, and maintaining that in the technologically changing nature of human society.

I experimented with the idea that clothing can be “emotionally intelligent” with certain algorithms enabling it to pick up on the habits and emotions of the wearer, intuitively anticipating the user’s needs, developing the idea that clothing can be programmable matter that thinks as we think, and can live and sense as we do to re-think the human condition in the modern world and the process of how clothing will evolve as technology advances, shifting our perspectives on its traditional capabilities to a future whereby clothing is designed with computa- tional design and digital fabrication.

The collection consists of multiple screen interfaces integrated into the clothing to identify the neurological capabilities of an neurofeedback device worn by one of the models. The garment interprets how a neural feedback EEG device uses specific algorithm technology to teach users how to manipulate their brain states and how to change the characteristics of their brains, the device explores the technology that is fitted with four electrodes which registers and transmits the strength and amplitude of brain waves that reveal, for example, whether thinking is scattered or focused, it shows users real-time information about their brain signals on their tablets or smartphones, creating a real-time feedback loop that they use to train themselves to reach a state of mindfulness and focus.

I developed a technique whereby using technology the user can communicate their feelings through the visual interface on the screen, identifying with the EEG device to allow the user to respond to the change in music and affect their own garment, making decisions about how they want to display themselves and what emotion they want to show on their clothing surface. These experimentations developed as the users communicated with each other, the practice of the relationship between the human and technology further informed the visual conversation and interpretations of how these technologies can be used.

The pieces take inspiration directly from references from, Artificial Intelligence and Existential Risk - ‘The Advanced Superintelligence’ ‘Whole Body Simulation’ ‘The Paperclip Maximiser’ ‘CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing’ ‘The AI Box Experiment’ and of my own feelings in the relationship of religion and technology, using these as a grounding for figurative forms.

For some background information, I undertook placement year at CSM, and was a design assistant at Louis Vuitton in Paris and, in Tokyo for an LVMH prize nominee. In my final year of the degree at CSM, I was the recipient of the Swarovski Foundation Scholarship, which enabled me to pursue my studies. When forming this work I took inspiration from my religious ancestry, the collection pays reference to my great grandfather, the Leader of Methodism in the 20th century. It plays homage to him and my inherited sense of good values for humanity, and inspired the research question - What do I believe in? Bringing forward the idea for the collection title ‘The Order of The Singularity’.

19th-23rd June, Wednesday to Friday: 12-8pm, Saturday: 12-8pm, Sunday: 12-6pm Location: 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA not the Granary Square, N1 in Islington

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RECIPIENT OF THE SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP 2019

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DEZEEN

https://www.dezeen.com/2019/06/25/beatrice-sangster-bullers-ai-fashion-collection/

SELECTED FOR THE 2019 CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS BA: FASHION PRESS SHOW

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https://nowfashion.com/central-saint-martins-ba-fashion-show-2019-london-27733

https://www.thelovemagazine.co.uk/posts/10130/watch-episode-4-of-the-secrets-of-central-saint-martins

EXHIBITED IN THE ‘SHOW TWO: DESIGN, DEGREE SHOW 2019’ AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS

https://www.arts.ac.uk/whats-on/show-two-design-degree-show-2019

CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS X BALENCIAGA MUSEUM

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