©Lauren McCarthy, 2009

14th Art Division Jury Selections

Tools for Improved Social Interacting

Interactive art



A series of wearable devices that enables the wearer to better adapt to interpersonal communication and expected social behaviors. A hat that literally makes you smile, a suit that facilitates body contact, a scarf that prevents the mind from wandering during a conversation―their distinction lies in the pain-causing stimulus they give to the body to goad the wearer into action This is a work that questions our social expectations and deepens our understanding of their function and value.