What do the words “intimate technology” mean to you? “Intimate” probably brings to mind sex and personal relationships, while “technology” usually suggests ultramodern designs. But in his film All My Clothes, Rick van de Dood reminds us of a more straightforward example of intimate technology: the clothes we wear every day.
Humans have worn clothes since we first donned bearskins as cavemen, and yet we usually don’t put much thought, care, or attention into our choices. We pull on a shirt at the beginning of the day, roll our socks into a ball and hide them away in a drawer at the end. Clothes, so closely acquainted with our bodies but treated so dismissively, are an intimate technology that we rarely think of as being intimate.
All My Clothes puts these everyday objects in a very different light. We see clothes—not diamond rings and luxurious dresses but the clothes we wear for ordinary work and leisure— floating against an idyllic, sky blue background. Spinning and twirling through the sky, the garments, separated from their owners, appear to be dancing.
Their movements are not like the movements of the humans who usually wear them, but are expressive in their own right. We begin to think of this most intimate technology not only as a collection of functional objects but also as freely creative in its own alien way.