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.
Watch the dresses in action:
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.
From the designer:
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.
Photos by Dominique Lafond, courtesy of v2com.net.