Ling Tan is a designer, maker and coder interested in how people interact with the built environment and wearable technology. Trained as an architect, she enjoys building physical machines and prototypes ranging from urban scale to wearable scale to explore different modes of interaction between people and their surrounding spaces. Her work falls somewhere within the genre of wearable technology, Internet of Things(IoT) and citizen participation.
She is currently working at Umbrellium in London to understand social wearables through community participation where she leads and produces projects such as WearON, an open source prototyping platform for wearables and WearAQ, a series of wearable tools for exploring air quality issues through people’s subjective perception. She participated as artist resident in various festivals such as Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2015 where she engaged with residents of Johannesburg to map out their perception of safety through using wearables as an expressive and social interface. Through the work she explores the complex issues surrounding the safety of the city, touching on demographics, race, gender and the subjective experience of the city through people.
As an artist, she is currently supported by FutureEverything‘s FAULT LINES programme and Barbican and The Trampery‘s alt.barbican programme. She has worked with museums such as Wits Art Museum, South Africa and Watermans Art Centre, UK. Her works have been exhibited in shows such as Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward (2015) and featured in magazines and websites across the globe such as Dezeen, Wired and Fast Company.