Corsetto is a soft robotics garment developed by MIT and KTH researchers using a novel OmniFiber technology. The development of the corset used soma design methodology and was informed by professional opera signing training of one of the researchers, Kelsey Cotton. Corsetto is worn by audience members at an immersive opera performance, where they experience the breathing embodied in the modern opera piece actuated onto their body.
Corsetto elicits a puzzling experience of blurring the boundaries between inner and outer, and between self and other creating a unified somatic experience of the whole performance fused in a single sensation.
I was brought on to this project at it’s later stages of the development, where I have provided feedback and performed micro-phenomenological interviews with the audience members, who experienced Corsetto. I then have assisted with qualitative data analysis and articulation of the phenomenological and philosophical constructs elicited in the uncovered experience.