Aposematic Jacket

Shin seungback, Kim yonghun


Lenses, Electronics and Fabric

Aposematism is a kind of survival strategy for a living organism to protect itself from a predator. Some kinds of animals such as poison arrow frogs take a warning signal in the form of conspicuous animal coloration which is correlated with the toxicity of the species, making them aposematic. Aposematic Jacket, which was made for the purpose of aposematism, is a jacket equipped with wearable cameras arranged like a dot pattern on it for self-protection. Upon pressing a button on the jacket under a dangerous situation, the cameras start to record the wearer’s surrounding in 360 degree, and send it to a pre-configured website. This can be a device for self-defense by presenting a warning signal being associated with a message that “I am watching you”, even though most of the dozens of cameras on the jacket are fake.

Shin seungback Kim yonghun
Shinseungback Kimyonghun is an artistic duo based in Seoul consisting of Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun. Their collaborative practice explores social and cultural impacts of technology.
- 2016 To See Without Being Seen, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
- 2015 Global Control and Censorship, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.
- 2015 Performing Public Art, Vienna Biennale, Vienna, Austria.