eCrowns are electronic versions of traditional Latvian women’s headgear made by the eCrafts Collective during a residency at the transdisciplinary art center SERDE in Aizpute in June 2012. Find out below what the eCrowns do, read how they were made, and see snapshots of Aizpute!
As the Latvian crowns are traditionally worn by unmarried women, one of the eCrowns, the Sirius Crown, helps single women in finding potential marital partners. Partner candidates are sensed by an ultrasonic distance sensor, which triggers sound and light effects according to the mood selected by the crown’s wearer. If a friendly mood is selected, the reception of the candidate is welcoming with green lights and happy sounds. However, if the hostile mode is on, red lights and a siren quickly repel intruders! See the crown in action below, and find out how the electronics were made here.
The other eCrown, called the Dancing Crown, is a fun crown to put on as it glitters and shines with the wearer’s movements. It was inspired by our experiences of visiting a local folk dance group and uses the dancing movements as a source for triggering small lights in the crown that flicker like fire-flies complementing the dancer’s steps. Read more about how the Dancing Crown works here.