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Kits for Cultural History

Jentery Sayers and the Maker Lab in the Humanities (MLab)

University of Victoria


Video: Early Wearable Kit unboxing, 2015.

The Early Wearables Kit (part of the Kits for Cultural History series)

Nina Belojevic, Tiffany Chan, Nicole Clouston, Katherine Goertz, Shaun Macpherson, Kaitlynn McQueston, Danielle Morgan, Victoria Murawski, Jentery Sayers, and the MLab.

Multiple with wood, paper, ink, acrylic, wire, magnets, iron, steel, ribbon, nuts, bolts, mourning, lasers, trial, Myriad Pro, photographs, extra-illustration, error, CAD files, 9 volts, Internet, repetition, and calling cards.

Video of Nina Belojevic Removing Content from an Early Wearable Kit.

Inspired by the Fluxkit of Fluxus, the Early Wearables Kit prompts audiences to prototype an early wearable technology that is for all intents and purposes inaccessible today: an electro-mobile skull cravat pin from 1867. Made in Paris by Gustave Trouvé and Auguste-Germain Cadet-Picard, the skull's jaw was said to snap, and its eyes were said to move, all with assistance from a 1.5-volt zinc-carbon battery hidden inside the wearer's pocket. We remain suspicious of these claims, but we submit this multiple for reverse engineering, boundary making, and conjectural remanufacture. Do not plug any of it into a wall.


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