Inspired neurologist Oliver Sacks’ novel, The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, the designer relates to the story where Jimmie G, a 49-year-old former sailor convinced of being aged 19 since having left the Navy. But when Sacks hands him a mirror, Jimmy is shocked by his own reflection, however, as soon as his gaze leaves that reflective surface, Jimmy reverts back to his 19-year-old self. This story explains how we can lose any sense of temporal continuity, just like Jimmy, he lives as a prisoner to this single, perpetual moment, moving between a presence to the world and a presence to self.
Here’s “Flowing Water, Standing Time” Project, just like Jimmie G, it uses special garments that evolve between two states and display perpetual metamorphosis just like they react to the chromatic spectrum. This garment travels between opposite states from immobility to movement, it doesn’t operate as a dichotomy. This robotic clothing looks alive, having its own mind. Upon the field of time that injects energy into very core of inertia, fluctuates the intensity animating each garment in its unique way. These two states are just dropping-off points among an infinite array of possibilities.
“Flowing Water, Standing Time” Project by Ying Gao features special garments that are capable of chromatic movement. They can recognize the colors of their surroundings, they works just like a chameleon, adapting to the slow rhythm of their ever-changing environment. These garments are reacting to what they see, a mirror effect..