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Farid Akmal Karim

Sojourner
2016

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Farid Akmal Karim is a Bornean-born entrepreneur based in London, and a Ravensbourne MA Wearables Futures graduate. In 2016, he was granted a place within the Ravensbourne Incubation Program to launch his startup, Farid Akmal Designs, which looks into research and development of Wearable Technology in design education. Prior to his MA studies, Farid completed a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and Marketing at Regents University in London. Farid is now a Sessional Lecturer teaching Patternmaking, Fashion Design and Wearable Tech in the Foundations of Textile and Fashion Design programme. Find out more about Farid’s work through his website at www.faridakmal.com

Farid Akmal Karim’s project Sojourner was part of the Couture in Orbit show at the Science Museum in 2016. Sojourner shares its namesake as the robotic rover that was part of the Mars Pathfinder mission and was designed based on wearables that might be used to adapt to harsh environments in a scenario where humans are colonising a new planet, inevitable in the dawn of commercialised space travel.

In a future where terraforming an exoplanet have taken root, wearables are made with whatever scarce material which can be found and then embedded with sensors to harvest biometric and barometric data from their wearer and the surrounding environment and analyses specific physiological responses of the body. This data is translated and then expressed through actuators within the wearable in order to protect its wearer from harsh conditions. Other materials are also introduced into the wearable that chemically react with the environment to warn the wearer of specific dangers such as UV radiation and rising temperatures. All of the components in the wearable attempts to replicate the protective atmosphere which sustains life on Earth and localise it to a body-centric context.

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List of illustrations

Cover image: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 1: Macdonald, Barry / Science Museum (2016) Farid Bin Karim’s Sojourner designs at Couture in Orbit at the Science Museum, photograph
Fig. 2: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 3: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 4: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 5: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 6: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 7: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 8: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, concept drawing, work in progress
Fig. 9: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, work in progress
Fig. 10: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, work in progress
Fig. 11: Karim, Farid (2016) Sojourner, work in progress
Fig. 12: Macdonald, Barry / Science Museum (2016) Farid Bin Karim’s Sojourner designs at Couture in Orbit at the Science Museum, photograph