Versus combat in Dead or Alive and game/art and audience context aside, we partially created the controller bra and bro/manssiere out of a longtime interest and passion for 2-player cooperative play. From Bubble Bobble and River City Ransom to Secret of Mana; from Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to Twisted Metal and Resident Evil 5 and 6, the intimacy involved in navigating and strategizing within a fantastical world with just one other person by your side is an entirely unique pleasure.
I will one day soon reveal an ongoing project involving cicadas and cicada evuviae! All just in time for the most exciting 17-year Magicicada Brood II emergence.
For now, here is a picture of a small part of my collection/materials:
The Itagaki Interface was performed at Vector: Game+Art Convergence in Toronto, Canada. The Itagaki Interface was featured in the event, "Playing Personae: Embodied and Engendered Performances" along with Angela Washko's performance entitled, Chastity and The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft at Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre on February 22, 2013.
In their performance, The Itagaki Interface, Daniele Hopkins and Kyle Duffield use their own bodies to challenge exaggerated representations of the human body in the fighting game, Dead or Alive, by Tomonobu Itakagi.
Here are some more detailed shots of the process and components involved in our initial design of the Playstation controller bra and bro/mansierre. They basically show how we connected the Playstation controller buttons on the fronts of the garments to conductive thread, which connects to one side of a set of snaps in the garment. These snaps connect to a removable circuit board of the original Playstation controller, which was modified to make these connections.
Here's a sneak peak of the bra! We're just ironing out some final aesthetic details:
Daniele and Kyle's PS1 controller bra/bro performance is coming up soon!:
Playing Personae: Embodied and Engendered Performances -
Friday, February 22, 2013 - 10:00p.m.
Facebook Event Page
Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre,
9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Pricing: See Ticket info here
The whole festival runs from February 21-24, 2013…