This interactive, wearable soft sculpture is called Remora. Remora are small fish that attach themselves to a host, such as a shark or whale and the relationship between remoras and their hosts is one of symbiosis. The remora benefits by using the host as transport and protection and also feeds on materials dropped by the host. The host often benefits from the remora combing and cleaning it of smaller parasites or food debris, and thus both get something from the other.
This is a piece that the viewer can physically get into. It is a heated bodysuit that is basically a sleeping bag with arms. In order to make this piece I removed the heating parts from an electric blanket that was made to sense the temperature of the air, the temperature of the wearer, and adjust its heat accordingly so the wearer never gets overheated. I then sewed the bodysuit from fleece (for the inside) and white silk (for the outside), inserted the heating apparatus between them and embroidered the shark and remora on the outside.
“Remora” is so named because when the viewer gets into it they are mimicking symbiotic relationship of the shark and its remora. The suit cannot function to its full potential without information from the wearer’s body and the room to suitably adjust its temperature, and the wearer benefits from this by being kept perfectly warm.