Warp - forward thinking mixed with a nostalgic relationship
Generally, when a project is being featured, describing the actual project and what it stands for gets the 'need-to-know' information across. But that wont cut it for this week's interactive installation, created my Michelle Lin and Rosalie Yu, two ITP students with a project over multiple art mediums.
I will however, start with the actual design element of the installation, then let the interview explain the deeper, more nostalgic aspect of this piece.
In its most basic form, the piece replicates a kaleidoscope - a cylinder shape with angled mirrors and colored glass, creating an array of changeable multi-colored effects, reflected by light as the user peers into it. What they did however, was manipulate the design of the kaleidoscope to feature a projected dance performance, showing multiple perspectives of the dancer. With a computed synergy of a knob, you can control the color variations as it is spun. (see video below for a visual understanding)
"We wanted to create something that tells a story, something that someone can sit down with and explore what it is to use a kaleidoscope" - says Michelle.
Michelle, an International Studies undergrad, has always had an eye for design and visual interaction, incorporating her desire to know more by traveling internationally and exploring the different cultural arts and designs. Using Copenhagen as an example, she says "I wanted to go to a place that was a little off the beaten path. A place where I can be exposed to the architecture and general lifestyle, being attracted to their functional simplicity and minimalism."
Rosalie, has a rich talent and appreciation in fine art and Asian painting, starting her technic young, real young. With visual art acting as a major part of her life, she joined ITP (NYU Tisch's graduate program for the Arts), to explore and incorporate other artist mediums into her body of work to expand her artistic reach. Her current goal is to work with dancers, by bringing an element of live painting using the dancers body as her canvas. To clarify, she would paint using an electronic platform, that would then project onto the body of the dancer using her traditional Asian panting style.
How do these two very different backgrounds connect to bring you this week's 'For Locals By Locals' xiii interactive installation?
By combing Rosalie's talent and understanding of color and dance, with Michelle's design and international inspirations, they bring you a nostalgic interactive, colorful, dance experience.
For the full length interview and other exciting information on these artists, listen to the podcast posted below.
Article by Avi Werde - Photographs by Alex Jorgenson