This IS NOT an anti-paparazzi project. This is an experimental design project. We do not care about celebrities and their paparazzi. We care about experimentation, metaphors and ... Jacques Tati.
2 interactive dresses. Super organza and electronic devices.
Inspired by director Jacques Tati’s film of the same title, Playtime
lets the viewer reflect on appearances and the perception of objects in space. Compared to haute couture
by French writer François Ede, the film presents a world where modern architecture and urban surveillance are overtly present, while using stylistic techniques to fool the viewer, such as trompe l’oeil
and mirror effects. Taken into the world of fashion, this critical and playful point of view allows Ying Gao to explore the concept of transformation, like in Walking City
and Living Pod
. In the context of a fashion show with sounds and lighting, the possibility for the viewer to photograph or shoot the pieces on video is rendered difficult: the dresses will appear blurry in the recorded image. The first dress will appear blurry and the second dress, for example, will react to the flash of the camera, itself becoming a light source when a photo is taken.