RAFAELA BLANCH PIRES
Touching Sound consists of an experience enabled by a blouse that works as an interface between the wearer, the body instrument or the patient and the healer, the torturer or the player. When metal stickers are pulled they are attracted by a magnet that touches the body while, at the same time, it extracts sound captured by a vibration sensor. Our bodies generate and store memories both pleasurable and unpleasurable. The sound, as a third byproduct, displays the tons and materiality of these memories created by this dual relation. Technical information – Silicone, acrylic, magnets, metal sticks, copper wire, piezoelectric sensor, arduino board, computer, loudspeakers.
Rafaela Blanch Pires is an Assistant Professor at the University of Goiás in Brazil. She is responsible for the subjects related to make-up, prosthesis, textile art, costume design and digital fabrication. In 2019, she initiated a group called “The study of shape and interactivity in performing arts with digital fabrication tools” (AdaLab)*. Rafaela has a Fashion Design bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in Fashion and Textiles by São Paulo University and a PhD in Design and Architecture at the same University. In 2015-2016, she worked as a visiting researcher at the Wearable Senses Lab located at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Holland) where she could Experiment with digital tools and materials in developing fashion design projects and costumes. Beginning in 2020, she is part of the University of Goiás International Committee, which aims to fortify the research and collaboration between other international Universities.