ITP Spring Show 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2-6pm & Monday, May 11, 5-9 pm

Dominique Ahkong

Opening Up: An Exploration of Public Shyness

Shyness takes the form of paper in "Unseen," while "A Kit for Friends of Publicly Shy People" represents a playful attempt to capture a portion of the publicly shy experience.

Project Development Studio (Marina Zurkow),Thesis,Thinking Physically

"Opening Up" is an exploration of public shyness in two parts. Shyness takes the form of paper in "Unseen," a book that invites participants, through pop-ups, flaps and tiny poems, to engage in the tangibility of a complex subject. "A Kit for Friends of Publicly Shy People" includes "In Case of Nervous Speaker," a safety card, and the Tug Shirt, a garment that embodies conflicting desires. Intended for informal social settings, it allows for communication between friends. Tugging the bottom seam of the shirt triggers lights to brighten in the collar; the stronger the tug, the brighter the lights, thus mapping the level of urgency in the wearer's desire for conversational inclusion.

User Scenario
- table and /kiosk
- lamp (either green one from the ER or my own)
- dress form/mannequin