Urbansphere Wearables

Online social networks are becoming the most important source for information gathering and distribu-tion. We started to see how social networking affects our communication habits and daily routines. This change mostly manifests itself in urban areas. Urban life, urban moods and other codes of urban fabric are being constantly broadcasted by the people on these online platforms.

Urbansphere wearables aims to reflect the mood of the city by utilizing the data streams of social net-works as a source of fashion design. The project initiates "social sensors" (special filters and data gathering scripts that follows social networks) in order to collect information on social networks created by different inhabitants of the same city. The data gathered is then visualized and turned into a fashion design that represents the urban and its 'mood'.

As every online inhabitant of the city becomes a part of this production, the project brings online data to the streets, creating an ongoing interaction between the real and the virtual existence of the urban life.

Bio:
Mahir M. Yavuz
Mahir M. Yavuz is a designer and researcher who lives and works in Linz, Austria. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies in Interface Culture at the University of Art and Design Linz. Besides giving lectures at the same university, he also works as a senior researcher of graphic design at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.