About the artist
Afroditi Psarra, PhD (Athens, 1982) is a multidisciplinary artist working with e-textiles, diy electronics and sound. Her artistic interest focuses on concepts such as the body as an interface, contemporary handicrafts and folk tradition, pop iconography, retrofuturistic aesthetics and the role of women in contemporary culture. Her artworks include a wide variety of media and techniques that extend from embroidery, soft circuits, hacking and creative coding, to interactive installations and sound performances.
She holds a PhD in Image, Technology and Design from the Complutense University of Madrid. Her academic research Cyberpunk and New Media Art focuses on the merge of science fiction ideas and concepts with performative and digital practices, and offers a philosophical, sociological and aesthetic analysis of the influence of new technologies in the contemporary artistic process.
Her work has been presented at numerous platforms such as Siggraph in Vancouver, Ars Electronica in Linz, Transmediale and CTM in Berlin, Amber in Istanbul, Piksel in Bergen, Electropixel in Nantes and MakerFaire in Rome between others. She has worked as an intern on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing at Disney Research Zurich. She is currently appointed as assistant professor in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS)at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.
FM Transmitting Sweatshirt
The submitted prototype “FM transmitting sweatshirt” was conceived in the context of the second edition of the ICAS (International Conference of Artists-Scholars) conference, as part of the collaborative project “5-way Sensing Flaneur”, between artists Afroditi Psarra, Astrid Kaemmerling, Emilie St Hilaire, Gabriel Alejandro Peña Tijerina and Deepa Mahadevan, that was presented at the Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco on January 2018.
The wearable long-range FM transmitter explores rapid fabrication soft-circuit techniques that would permit the user/public to broadcast live over radio a sonic representation of their surrounding environment; and aimed to contribute in the discourse of using the human body as an interface to translate and transmit its sensory experiences. It was devised to be utilized during the Women’s March that took place on Sat, Jan 20th 2018 in San Francisco.