(no)where (now)here - 2 Gaze Activated Dresses by Ying Gao
by Harry / June 18, 2013

Take a look at these dresses by Ying Gao - and you'll activate them.

Gao's (no)where (now)here series is comprised of two (2) dresses, made of photoluminescent thread and imbedded eye tracking technology, that are activated by a spectators' gaze.

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"A photograph is said to be 'spoiled' by blinking eyes - here however, the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze." says Gao.


The project was inspired by an essay entitled "Esthétique de la disparition" (The aesthetic of disappearance) by Paul Virilio.


"Absence often occurs at breakfast time - the tea cup dropped, then spilled on the table being one of its most common consequences. Absence lasts but a few seconds, its beginning and end are sudden. However closed to outside impressions, the senses are awake. The return is as immediate as the departure, the suspended word or movement is picked up where it was left off as conscious time automatically reconstructs itself, thus becoming continuous and free of any apparent interruption." - from Esthétique de la disparition.


See more of Ying Gao's "intelligent" garments - which move and change in response to sound, motion or light - here.


(no)where (now)here will be shown at Shanghai's new Museum of contemporary art - Power station of Art (PSA) in November 2013, and at the Textile Museum of Canada in the Spring of 2014.


Photos: Dominique Lafond

+ yinggao.ca


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