I created the Telematic Dress using bacrum, a very sturdy textile that retains its shape, for the bodice. This way, the performer was able to hang the dress somewhere in the performance space, and enter or exit the dress with ease as the choreography dictated. The bodice was covered in Chinese silk, which was the same textile used for the skirt. I selected this fabric because of its durability and beautiful drape. Furthermore, I chose white fabric in order for the costume stand out against a dark background.
The skirt was detachable from the bodice, so that one dancer at ASU was able to wear the telematic skirt, another dancer was able to wear a telematic top, and both dancers were able to perform at the same time but in different parts of the world. Then, computers were able to read sensors embedded in both wearable textiles and display both of the dancers’ movements on the same computer screen. When the dancers’ movements lined up, the display gave the impression that one person was performing the movement.