summaery2016: Projects

Interactive Costumes - Exploring/Selfmade Textile Sensors

Project information

submitted by

Michaela Honauer


Marie Bornemann, Theresa Elstner, Lynn Hoff, Aline Martinez Santos, Evelyn Reuß, René Runow, Hauke Sandhaus, Franziska Spiller


Michaela Honauer, Eva Hornecker

Faculty / Section:

Degree programme:
Product Design (Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)),
Computer Science and Media (Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)),
Computer Science and Media (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Media Art and Design -Study programme Media Art und Design (MAD) (english) (Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)),
Human-Computer Interaction (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation

Research project


Summer semester 2016

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Bauhausstraße 11

Kinder- & Jugendballett Landestheater Altenburg (

Project description online

We explore e-textiles and wearables. Our focus lies on the use of interactive costumes in dance performances. This interdisciplinary project depends on the cooperation between creative and technical development - students from Computer Science & Media, Human-Computer Interaction, Media Art & Design, and Product Design worked collaborative during the classes. They formed the whole process together in teams and developed individual costume solutions with DIY sensors or existing textile-able sensors. Finally, we tested the costumes with the ambitious dancers of the „Kinder- & Jugendballett Landestheater Altenburg“.

These are our three costumes:
- A knitted whole-body suit designed to wirelessly sonify dance movements via the seamless integration of conductive and resistive yarns.
- A cape that senses if another dancer or an object come closer, and simultaneously visualizes the different distances through glowing more or less.
- Another whole-body suit with textile-embedded pressure and stretch sensors that enhances movements by fluently lighting up different body parts.

The exhibition takes place within the OpenLab Night on:
Friday, July 15th 2016: 17.00 - 22.00
Saturday, July 16th 2016: 14.00 - 16.30

Photos by Tim Vischer & Hauke Sandhaus
© HCI Group

Email: michaela.honauer[at]

Exhibition Location / Event Location