Ying Gaoborn 1973, Chinalives and works in Montreal, Canada
Ying Gao's inspired experiments are wonderful realizations of an approach in which the concept, machine, and product are one and the same. Her Living Pod and Walking City projects literally transform before our eyes as a result of stimuli like light, breath, our proximity. The interactive garments are equipped with micro-motors and sensors that detect the stimuli and react by expanding, inflating and transforming into altogether new forms.
This direct relationship between designer, product and consumer is quite unique, and manages to turn a mechanical process into something that feels personal.
Gao's most recent experiment was inspired by Jacques Tati's 1967 film, Playtime. The optical illusions and use of mirror effects as a metaphor for urban transparency became the concept for a new group of interactive pieces that transform based on sound and film projections. Purposefully elusive and illusionistic, these garments are playful in their realization while taking on a darker subject about surveillance and truth. They literally cannot be digitally captured by the security cameras in airports, banks and alarm systems.
Walking City, 2008:
Living Pod, 2008:
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