The Open: Wearable Nature
A mask concept envelops the user in the scent of grass and the sound of their breath.
A rather peculiar interactive art project is presented by designer Mattia Casalegno that offers a unique experience for participants. The Open is a mask that wraps around the user's face and forces them to smell a fresh patch of grass and listen to their own breath.
The device defines also a sensory territory constructed by the rhytm of the breath, which is diffused from the headphones with a 1.5 sec. delay.
The work plays with the Deleuzian notion of ritornell, and about the quality of sound to define a territory. The space defined by the sound of breathing is in a state of costant imbalance between the physical act and its sensory perception and traces an unstable relationship with the intimate environment the garment reproduces.