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Free Content Long live the thing! Temporal ubiquity in a smart vintage wardrobe

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This visual essay presents ‘Wearlog’, a disruptive innovation in smart wardrobes which logs wearing, washing and mending to promote longer lasting clothes. Wearlog doubles as a critical research tool to investigate the agency of things and to ask how human and nonhuman can conspire together to prolong nonhuman life. Spanning worlds of different durations, Wearlog exposes the tensions between finite matter, infinite data, human lifespans and planned technological obsolescence. The paper asks how ubiquitous systems could flow through time given the entropy endemic within the network and speculates on the long term prospects for things.

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Keywords: critical art practice; disruptive innovation; duration; mending; new materialism; posthumanism; smart wardrobes

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Lancaster University

Publication date: 06 September 2012

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  • Ubiquity is an international peer reviewed journal for creative and transdisciplinary practitioners interested in technologies, practices and behaviours that have the potential to radically transform human perspectives on the world. "Ubiquity", the ability to be everywhere at the same time, a potential historically attributed to the occult is now a common feature of the average mobile phone. The title refers explicitly to the advent of ubiquitous computing that has been hastened through the consumption of networked digital devices. The journal anticipates the consequences for design and research in a culture where everyone and everything is connected, and will offer a context for visual artists, designers, scientists and writers to consider how Ubiquity is transforming our relationship with the world.
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