Monique Grimord
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Ocean Demander

Self-Documenting Objects

Ocean Demander

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Ocean Demander

A small capsule that is attached to the board shorts fills with water every time it is in the ocean. After several days without surfing, the water evaporates, an analog way to remind the surfer of the call of the water.

Forever Tag

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Forever Tag

This tag is an analog entry point into the universe of surfers’ sportswear. It is a material language for the aftermarket exchange, using a digital code imprinted on the physical tag and self-documenting fabric. Each time the material touches the salt water, the color of the tag very slightly changes, marking the object’s experience, and the surfer’s commitment. This timeless language can be read and translated into the digital world, and used for surfers to pass down the lineage of their surfwear.

Experience Stone

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Experience Stone

Surfboard shorts come with a rough sandstone on the tie. After repeated use, and exposure to the water, the stone erodes and eventually turns into a smooth black bead to represent the seasoned surfer.

Wave History

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Wave History

Surf apparel comes with a tag that syncs to the accelerometer in the surfer’s board. With each highest wave, the tag receives its data, and documents the surfer’s experience. The surfer can then scan the tag to access his own online memories database—where each piece of anonymous apparel is represented by the experiences that have happened in it. The history of the wave stays with the apparel, for the next owner to inherit the object’s story, and accrue with the next owner.

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