(No)where and (Now)here by Ying Gao

Nowhere-Nowhere-Dresses-Ying-Gao-10-600x900The project (No)where and (Now)here by Ying Gao was inspired by the essay entitled “Esthétique de la disparition” (The aesthetic of disappearance) by Paul Virilio (1979). The series, comprising two dresses, is made of photoluminescent thread and imbedded eye-tracking technology activated by a spectators’ gaze.

A photograph is said to be “spoiled” by blinking eyes – here however, the concepts of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze” the designer said.

The dresses will be on display in November 2013 at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai’s new museum of contemporary art and in the spring of 2014 at the Textile Museum of Canada .

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