Jie Qi

« I’m a little obsessed with paper and electronics. »

Jie Qi earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in New York at the Columbia University in 2010. Afterwards she started her Master of Media Arts and Sciences in Cambridge at the MIT Media Lab and graduated in 2012. Currently she is still at the MIT Media Lab for her Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences.

She says about herself:

« I’m interested in all things art, design, technology, DIY
                          – and I love to make things that combine all four. »


– Jie Qi’s Work  –

Pu Gong Ying Tu

Pu Gong Ying Tu is an interactive painting of a dandelion field. When you blow on the white puffs, the seeds disperse and generate new flowers. These flowers begin as yellow dandelions, but after a few moments bloom into responsive white seed puffs.

Interactive Light Painting: Pu Gong Ying Tu (Dandelion Painting) from Jie Qi on Vimeo.

Beneath the painting is the circuitry– made up of microcontrollers, LEDs and microphones. At each dandelion, a microphone listens for wind. Yellow and white LED lights, which can be coded to brighten or dim, act as dynamic programmable paint strokes which make up the petals and seeds.