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Marie-Pierre Lortie also uses the language of clothing as a site for articulation of the self in her project Memory Playback; a coat of nostalgia. The seemingly simple vest is embedded with electronics and sensors that when triggered through the simple act of pulling on a thread, plays back sonic souvenirs. This materialization of memory renders the garment as a site of engagement for the wearer, wherein its function is not the comfort of the body usually expected from outerwear, but instead a somatic and psychic intermingling. The artist wore the vest for the opening show as the artefact alone doesn't demonstrate the affective potential of wearing one's past.

​ Jake Moore, FOFA Galerie


fabric, sensor,

electronic device

medium size garment

photo: Guy L'Heureux

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