The origin of this concept is both widespread in timeline, artistic mediums and cross cultural. The initial concept of this came from viewing the confusing art installations used in KPOP live performances; that while superior to many American performance installations, it lacked the coherence of what we began producing in the early 1950’s modern stage acts and drama shows.
While they seem to focus on light as a pillar of excitement, it has nothing to do with the act nor movement of dancer. In retrospect, America stage seems to often lack these “props” that help express excitement, sorrow or story be it for dance or drama performance. In kind, many parallels in exploration of interactivity between performer and prop from John Cage and Merce Cunningham. They tried to think outside the box and see how we could change from passive interaction to active interaction to these installations.
Sadly the technology of the time only allowed for a limited expression of this; while today our possibilities seem limitless. One can not only observe these “props” but also interact with them and have them react to you. For example we can imbed light sensors and LEDs in a sheer box; when a performer walks by it can dim or light up or even change its colors based on proximity to the dancer, adding a higher level of user experience perceived by both performer and end-user.
My goal for this class is to continue developing a prototype for the DAAT Department based on this simple concept. That light, shadow and movement are all powerful tools in the hands of a performer, and even non-performer e.g. “Average Joe”. But imagine the power we can give should a system be installed that can illuminate a geometric pattern based on user location. One so simple both children and expert can use.
User.Position // What shapes to light up User.Proximity // Color of light or randomly lit color Ping Senor // User detection
Initial Proof of Concept
Technical Drawing of Concept
Cost Breakdown & Sourcing of Objects
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Frontal board: 1x @ $22.55/each
Rear and bottom stabilization studs for frontal board: x6 @ $3.05 /each
Power strip for Arduino and sensor connections: x1 @ $4.24/each
Wheels for bottom of unit: x4 @ $6.48/each
20 pack of L-Brackets to hold diffused boxes: x5 @ $8.98/each
Wood screws for L-Brackets: x2 @ 3.82/each
Bolts for wheels: x16 @ $1.21/each
Washers for wheels: x48 @ $0.20/each
Hex nuts for wheels: x32 @ $0.26/each
Velcro: x# ??? @ ???