Science Fic­tion Threads

Where Toronto - - Art + Antiques Y - —Craig Moy

ON NOW Sure, we’re all wait­ing for the jacket with built-in Wi-Fi, or the trousers that can charge smart­phone bat­ter­ies, but so-called wearable tech­nol­ogy can be more than merely util­i­tar­ian. Ying Gao demon­strates as much at her Textile Mu­seum of Canada (page 43) ex­hi­bi­tion, Fash­ion­ing the In­tan­gi­ble. Com­bin­ing fash­ion with ideas about ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments and mul­ti­me­dia art, the univer­sity pro­fes­sor and de­signer cre­ates gar­ments that in­cor­po­rate novel ma­te­ri­als and sen­sory sys­tems to play­fully high­light the ef­fects of ex­ter­nal stim­uli on in­di­vid­u­als. Fea­tur­ing such art­fully crafted items as di­aphanous Science is Fic­tion gar­ments (pic­tured) and

(No)where (Now)here dresses that move when gazed upon, the show lends ma­te­ri­al­ity to the im­ma­te­rial el­e­ments of our en­vi­ron­ment.

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