Just hours before her highly-anticipated album release party “artRave,” Lady Gaga revealed her latest invention, known as “Volantis.”
The pop star unveiled a high-tech, white vehicle she coined as the world’s first flying dress. The contraption lifted her inside a gigantic warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she held a press conference to debut her latest project and kick off her album release party on Nov 10.
“I wanted to make today about something even more important to me, and that something is the youth of the world…. Their minds are just so boundless. They’re just so inspiring,” she told the crowd.
And although she says Volantis is just “a vehicle,” Gaga added the dress is “essentially a metaphor for me. I will be a vehicle today for their voices.”
According to an article by The Verge, the transport prototype “has six booms arranged in a hex formation with two electric motors at the end of each boom that provide power to custom carbon fiber propeller blades,” adding that it “looks like a giant AR.Drone helping to lift her above the stage.”
Throughout the album cycle of Lady Gaga’s latest LP ARTPOP, the “Do What U Want” singer’s projects have mixed art, technology and pop music through the inclusion of well-known fine artists and tech assets like her app. For example, the cover artwork for her upcoming album includes a work by Koons against fragments of the classic work “The Birth of Venus.”
Since her debut in 2008, Gaga has continued to look for ways to bridge art, fashion, music and technology. From inventions as simple as the disco stick, to the vibrant contraption known as the living dress and the infamous shooting fire bra, Gaga is reaching new levels of her own artistry and it seems ARTPOP is a celebration of her entire career, and the message is the vehicle to move it forward.
Do you think Volantis is an innovative project or a useless contraption? Watch Volantis take flight here.