Harvard Graduate School of Design, Spring 2019

Course ADV9151: Space, Movement, and the Technological Body

Instructor: Krzysztof Wodiczko & Ani Liu

In Collaboration with Ningxin Cheng & Xiao Han

Play on Time

The advance of technology makes it possible for people to connect in real-time conquering the barrier of distance. Phones allow people to choose when and where to reply the messages - an intentional delay of response. However, although data remains, the emotional transmission decays in real-time as the time for response is unpredictable and delayed.

This performance discusses the process of such emotional delay, and its obstruction for emotional transmission. The acts are formally paying tribute to Oskar Schlemmer’s triadic ballet, and extends Schlemmer’s quest of the human form from the purely geometrical and physical realm to the sensual and emotional realm.

With the aid of real-time projection, latency and multiplication of the movement are controlled through the third-eye: the perspective of the observer. When the lens is zoomed in and focused locally on the facial features of the performer, there’s little or no delay, showing that real emotions are conveyed. When the lens is zoomed out, the whole body of the performer is treated as an object with more obvious delay in projection.

This project is part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Design, and was performed in event “Space, Movement, and the Technological Body: A Tribute to the Bauhaus”, hosted by Harvard GSD and organized in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museums and the exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard.  

Links to the event:

In Space, Movement, and the Technological Body, Bauhaus performance finds new context in contemporary technology​


“Space, Movement, and the Technological Body: A Tribute to the Bauhaus”​

 © 2019 by Meng Jiang.

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