photoluminescent thread


Artist & Designer:

Ying Gao

Part of the  "(No) Where (Now) Here"  Series

Super Organza, Photoluminescent Thread

PVDF, Electronic Devices

“The project was inspired by the essay entitled "Esthétique de la disparition” (The aesthetic of disappearance), by Paul Virilio (1979). “ 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. ” The series comprising two (2) dresses, made of photoluminescent thread and imbedded eye tracking technology, is activated by spectators’ gaze. 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"


(No)where (Now)here  -  gaze activated dresses by Ying Gao

The project is inspired by the essay “The Aesthetics of Disappearance” by Paul Virilio (1979). ”The absence occurs frequently at breakfast and dropped the cup and spilled on the table is a well known result. Lack lasts a few seconds, the beginning and the end are abrupt. Senses remain awake but with closed to external impressions .’s return is also the immediate departure, speech and gesture orders are picked up where they had been interrupted, time conscious closes again automatically, forming a continuous time without apparent breaks. “Series 2 dresses made photoluminescent son, using eye-tracking technology, is activated by the viewer. Like a blink that “waste” a photograph, while questioning the concept of presence and disappearance, experience light – dark yet to live through the uncertain look.