Shape-Shifting Dresses Respond To Stares

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A great dress can easily move people into long fits of staring. Conversely, now those long fits of staring can actually move a dress.

It’s not polite to stare. But you might not be able to help yourself if you see someone wearing either of these two dresses made by fashion designer Ying Gao. Each one contorts and lights up whenever it detects a fixed gaze.

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“We use an eye-tracking system so the dresses move when a spectator is staring,” Gao told Dezeen. “(The system) can also turn off the lights, then the dresses illuminate.”

The dresses are embedded with eye-tracking technology that reacts to an observer’s gaze by activating tiny motors that move parts of the dress in captivating patterns. Both gaze-activated dresses use glow-in-the-dark thread, creating a psychedelic effect when under black lights. One dress boasts an experimental design with luminescent tendrils, while the other has a more traditional cut.

“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,” writes Gao.

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Dubbed “(No)Where (Now)Here,” the two interactive dresses will be exhibited at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art in November, followed by a stint at the Textile Museum of Canada in the spring of 2014. Check out a video of the dresses in action here.

via io9

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