Urban Armor # 7: The Social Escape Dress
2016

Urban Armor #7 consists of a dress with nine built-in mini fog machines. Using a GSR sensor to measure conductivity on the wearer’s skin (often used as a measure of stress), The Social Escape Dress can be deployed automatically to emit a cloud of fog when the wearer is feeling stressed. The Social Escape Dress stands in contrast to commercial wearable technologies, which aim to facilitate self-optimization, dealing with stress by trying to create more efficient humans. The Social Escape Dress aims to make feelings of stress visible, a gesture than can be seen as one of protest, playfulness, or simply as a diversion tactic to defuse the stressful situation.