PO TING LEE AND MAARTJE DIJKSTRA

Obstruction

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‘Obstruction’ by Po-Ting Lee is part performance and dance, part sculpture and wearable; it reacts with light and shadow, picked up by sensors, created through movement. ‘Obstruction’ is an observation by Po-Ting Lee of the living environment through the body. The work was developed with Maartje Dijkstra, and is part of a collaboration between V2_Lab and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
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Po-Ting LEE is a Taipei-born new media artist. He has an almost incurable condition of Thalassemia and this is the main context for his creations. LEE studied sculpture in the Taipei National University of The Art. His works then were chiefly kinetic/installation and as well as sound works. LEE is currently studying at the Graduate Institute of Arts and Technology in Taipei National University of the Arts. In his work, he attempts to combine kinetic installations and sound.

In 2011, LEE and his friends formed the interdisciplinary art group XOR. The group created an interdisciplinary interactive performance and performed at the opening ceremony of the 6th Taipei Digital Art Festival. Since then, they have been collaborating with various choreographers and fashion designers, and still seeking for new collaborators to extend the possibilities of their art.
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A cooperation between fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra and Po ting Lee, a performance artist from Taiwan. Po Ting Lee about this project- Due to a congenital disease,I need blood transfusions to live. About 80% of my blood is not made by myself. I can’t balance my physiological functioning by myself. So I must receive blood transfusions regularly. I need to refresh my red blood regularly; but I will also be damaged during the transfusions. But this is the only way that I can live. I am observing our living environment through my body. We are living in a time of media and technology, every day, there are big changes in technology. Cell phones becomes smart phones, which we need to scan QR codes. Technology changes faster & faster,and we are forced to renew ourselves. People think that the new techno in a time of media and technology, every day, there are big changes in technology. Cell phones becomes smart phones, which we need to scan QR codes. Technology changes faster & faster,and we are forced to renew ourselves. People think that the new technology must be better than the old, but we can’t use new softwares without new systems, We are giving up the way we used to live,while we are forced to choose between ever fewer options; There are two sides to one coin. Maartje Dijkstra about this project- For the performance outfit -Obstruction- she designed a sculptural dress from white and grey snake print leather and is sculptured together by repeating a developed pattern,using more then a hundred pattern parts..The face piece and the 4 shapes, that stick out of the dress on the arms and hip when dancing in the dark, is made from white reflection glass, normally used for traffic signs.The dress is made into two layers.The inside outfit has got all the motors and all the other technical stuff attached, the outside is like the skin that coffers and hides all the technical details, something she always likes to create, so it is not so much recognizable as a fashion/tech outfit.Imagination, electronic music, progressiveness and individuality are a big source of inspiration for her.She always designs spherical, sculptural high fashion pieces because of her interest in 3d shapes and also because in fashion everything is possible.
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OBSTRUCTION is a high fashion technology/performance project that is created by performance artist Po Ting Lee(TW) and fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra (NL) The dress, which is designed for a dancer, is questioning if technology is always a positive thing, translated as a black and white projection. When the dress is hitting the dark parts of the projection, sticks will be coming out of the dress that obstructs the dancer to move. When it is hits the light the sticks will go inside and you have the freedom again to move.
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source: maartjedijkstra

A Dutch fashion designer based in Rotterdam.

She studied at ARTEZ/HKA Arnhem The Netherlands, where she graduated as a Bachelor in Fashion Design in 2006. In 2005 she did an internship at the company of Alexander McQueen in London, where her interests in High fashion developed. In 2007 she started her own High fashion/couture label, where she designs and creates individualistic, sculptural, progressive, hand-crafted fashion collections, accessories and illustrations.

The designs of her (small) spherical collections are all handcrafted, unique, high fashion pieces, designed with the future in mind, made by her only. Her work has many manual details and is also very recognisable by her surreal hand-drawn illustrations. Imagination, electronic music, progressiveness and individuality are a big source of inspiration for her. Especially music/sounds are an important factor in creating her work and became more important because of the environment she now works in. A house with studio’s where music composers create amazing sounds like jungle/breakcore and ambient, so it becomes almost a melancholic place to work.

Next to exhibitions and fashion technology projects, she is most focused on making collections for the runway. For her this is the ultimate exhibition place, especially when every piece of the collection, models and the surrounding idea’s in music and animation come together.

In 2008 she did her first big show at the Amsterdam fashionweek, salon presentation, where she proudly presented her collection ‘Illustre Shoemachine’. After that she showed the second collection named ‘Bulged Being’ and is now busy finishing her latest collection Reflect Horridus.