[Glass that can avert the eye contact ]
The artist Haiyue Tao integrates the embarrassed, uneasy and terrified emotion in time of eye contact into the re-design of glass. She designs two pairs of glass for averting the eye contact of people.
Haiyue designs the upward or downward deflector on the original glass structure, which is accomplished with 3D printing technology, and the deflector can change the sight of the users. When two users communicate, their sight may be parallel, but never intersects.
She said that ‘when I accomplish the two pairs of glasses, I invite different passersby to use it. They can always discover the fun in application, which is not thought of at the beginning of the design. For instance, there is no need for them to lower their heads when eating noodles or drinking soup, or they can discover the changes in weather and traces of birds without raising heads. The field of view of the user is raised or lowered, being far away from the original view, and instead, it is enlarged, achieving a fresh stimulation of vision. It can always bring surprise for users during the communication process. Even the sense of insecurity in eye contact is weakened gradually after several times of cheerful communication.’
In the design which is initially intended for transiting the individual emotion, the artist finally finds out the key to breaking the insecurity. During the process of communicating experience, the artist also lays down worries, and this is probably the emotional feedback brought by the design.