With mask-wearing and social distancing newly necessary, we’re finding our face-to-face communications more restricted and impersonal. We can no longer read lips or communicate with touch in the public realm. Signs of Life is a mask that changes color with each breath and touch. The color changing as a representation of our signs of life reveals what is typically invisible, yet what we are all trying to control and protect.
The effect is achieved with a thermochromic pigment that is activated by body heat. The mask is made from a textile-based paper, and folded geometrically to avoid touching the skin all at once, as well as to create channels for airflow.
Louisville Arts Network