Dec 27, 2015 | By Andre

Tiffany Trenda is a new media performance artist based out of Los Angeles that has spent the better part of her adult life wearing her creations and wowing audiences along the way. Her emphasis has always focused on the screen and how it affects both body and behaviour in our modern world.

During a talk at Mindshare LA earlier this year, she emphasized this fascination by wondering about “our relationship to screens, our cell phones, our computer screens, LCD screens, our television screens” before discussing how they affect us in our every day. Additionaly, she also focuses her work on how technology is changing the body and how beauty is defined. By saying that “what we think of as beautiful is not at all what has been the reference of beauty," brings out her awareness of how beauty has been defined differently throughout the ages. The idea that fashion, along with what is considered the ideal in terms of body features, form and size has transformed over and over throughout history. This time, with wearables and the modern day fascination with the screen, our concept of beauty might be evolving in a completely different way yet again.

I recommend watching the video above as there are lots of examples of how her creations tend to evoke raw emotional responses from those witnessing her work. During the Body Code Exhibit in 2012, she presented herself around the world in a QR code, screen covered suit along side a 3D printed mask. When someone would scan the different parts of her body with their phones, they would be sent to a website describing the body part in question.

One of the most emotional stories told of her work came while she was performing the Proximity Cinema piece based around the idea of human touch. During one event, she approached a stranger while in her screen laden suit and stopped for a five minute hug that seemed emotional from the start. Later, a friend of the person receiving the hug asked of Tiffany how she knew - out of everyone in the room - that her friend's daughter had passed away earlier in the month and that the hug brought her to an intense emotional state. Tiffany goes on to say that, “this is what I think should happen with wearable design, these experiences that are real, these experiences that are visceral, and have to be live to feel them.

It is experiences like this that show how powerful performance art can be. Tiffany Trenda has always utilized modern technology and in 2015 she is at it again with Ubiquitous States. Here we have another project that combines biofeedback, visualization, wearable tech and also a 3D printed dress.

This time around she has the help of 3D Systems and designer Janne Kyttanen and once again utilizes embedded screens along with a black crystal influenced 3D printed dress. She suggests that the black crystal theme is present “to ward of fears of physical harm.

The summary of the performance piece is described as follows:

During the performance, the artist will approach a spectator and place a heart monitor (located at Trenda’s fingertip inside of the glove) on the viewer’s wrist or neck. Once the sensor reads the pulse of the user, the imagery on the screen will change and show both pulses simultaneously. Trenda and the viewer will try and match their rhythms’ to create another change in the animation, making the performance interactive.

Her merger between emotion, beauty, technology and art appear to be captivating audiences around the world year after year. She recently premiered Ubiquitous States during the Context Art Miami Exhibit at The McLoughlin Gallery.



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