Is the future of accountability a personal rather than corporate responsibility? Are you aware of the amount of plastic you use day to day? Would a self-tracking device change your behaviour?
P@TCH is a hand-embroidered sensor which allows the user to track their progress as an advocate for an ethical stance of their choice - like a Fitbit for your ethical performance.
Each homemade P@tch is a piece of wearable technology that combines environmental sensors and self-reporting. Users can also track their own consumption of single-use plastics or any goal they choose. The artist contrasts this object with slick tracking devices to question personal versus corporate responsibility. The sensors also track CO₂ emissions and volatile particles in the air, so that the user can be aware of local pollutants.
In this workshop design and create your very own P@tch accountability tracker with artist Janna Ahrndt.
End your armchair activism through craftivism.
Janna Ahrndt received her MFA in Electronic and Time Based Art from Purdue University and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Indiana University. Janna is part of a wave of new media artists rejecting the notion that craft and technology are directly opposed. Her work explores how deconstructing everyday technologies, or even making them for yourself can be used to question larger oppressive systems and create a space for participatory political action. Janna has presented her research on the use of DIY electronics as a medium for participatory political art at ISEA 2019 in Gwangju South Korea and facilitated workshops for the P@tch project in collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne and Science Gallery Dublin.