(NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE: Interactive Dresses by YING GAO

Text: Caroline Williamson

Inspired by Paul Virilio’s 1979 essay “Esthétique de la disparition” (The aesthetic of disappearance), Montreal-based fashion designer and profressor, Ying Gao created two interactive dresses in a project entitled (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE. The dresses have photoluminescent thread and embedded eye tracking technology made into them that gets activated by the spectator’s glances.
The dresses are made from lightweight super organza that slowly moves about as someone stares at it. When the lights are out, the dresses become illuminated.

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