MEDIAN INCOME DRESS (2015) by Dominique Paul
Dominique Paul is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice—encompassing performances with interactive wearables, collaborative projects with the community, drawing, and collages—addresses social and environmental issues such as increasing inequalities, environmental injustices, and the decline of biodiversity. Median Income Dress (2015) is made of programmable LED lights that transform in color based on code that corresponds to online income-based census maps. As the artist walks through various parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, the dress visualizes the relationship between the area’s median income and the city’s rezoning policies and gentrification. It illuminates the link between income inequality and the racial makeup of particular sections of urban space and engages passersby in conversation with the artist about the changes they are witnessing in their neighborhood.
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