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Dancing in immersive Museum

Study the relationship between immersive exhibition and body, create domestic space.

About Immersive Exhibition

The immersive exhibition is a special type of exhibition in the museums. It creates the illusion of time and place by expressing the key features of the reference world and integrating visitors into the three-dimensional reconstruction world (Mortensen 2010). Xiao Wen (2018) notes that the traditional exhibition is one-way information transmission, and the audience can only passively accept the information. Compared with the static exhibition, the immersion exhibition can let the audience better participate in it. The visual effect is good, the sense of space has been extended, and many senses of touch and hearing have been mobilized.

Arts usually have a certain distance from the public, but the immersive exhibition can shorten this distance. Future development cannot only include sound and light, but also other elements, which make the exhibition more vivid. Immersive environments may take on a broad range of forms, with affordances for varying degrees of sensory immersion and awareness of the user’s physical self or the presence of others. so immersive exhibitions are more likely to bring moving emotions. When exploring the exhibition, you can relax and space out yourself, sometimes even forget to take photos, and other design can inspire thinking, and leave the audience room to imagine. Help curious people to reach a deeper place.

Immersive exhibition and body

Gong Yan said that the body is like a human body interface, a familiar and unfamiliar other. New media technology gives it a stage for games and performances, delaying its aging, just like new media technology delays the limitations of art. In other words, The body expresses the attributes of being shown, replaced, enhanced, and limited in different artistic presentation ways, which is the fate of the body in the development of new media and new technology. Technology has changed our perception of the world, and the body under technological change has interfered with our relationship with the real world.

source from:http://www.powerstationofart.com/en/exhibition/Body-Media-II.html

Take ‘body media II’ exhibition held in Shanghai Museum of contemporary art from April 29 to July 30, 2017, as an example. This exhibition was curated by Gong Yan and Richard Castelli, and a total of 29 pieces/group works of 24 artists from 12 countries were exhibited. ‘Body media II’ continues the theme of ‘body media’ exhibition in 2007. Ten years later, in the context of a new era in which technology has undergone radical changes, it will discuss the close relationship between new media and the body again. By means of installation, behavior, photography, image, and more difficult to define artistic expressions, it will integrate the interdisciplinary cooperation mode and break through the boundary of the interactive art exhibition.

In the whole process of this exhibition, the curator’s purpose is to encounter exhausted bodies, contrasting bodies, moving bodies, and illusionary bodies; see how the body can become a substitute for time; discuss the relationship between the body and identity in the virtual world; experience how the body is documented, extracted, readjusted, and reprogrammed; trace how photographic and videography techniques have transformed our perceptions of the world; and as well discover how bodies, in their representations, can intrude and affect our relation to the real.

  1. Artist involved : Kurt Hentschläger

Work:《Zee》

ZEE is an Immersive Audiovisual Environment of artificial Fog, stroboscopes, pulse lights and surround sound. After entering this work, the viewer will enter a psychedelic space filled with artificial fog. In this space full of dense fog and no boundary, the stroboscopic light will penetrate the heavy fog soft and evenly, constantly changing the light and shadow effect. The audience can freely roam the ZEE sphere, while the nature of the work emanates an almost automatic process of slow motion. Suspended flexible ropes, from and to the entrance gate, mark the available space and lead into- and out of ZEE. It proposes a state of ‘tabula ras’ (latin for blank slate), where one’s perceptual framework is first reset and then recalibrated.

2. Artist involved:Mark Formanek 

Work :《Shanghai Time

With the continuous real-time performance of four hours, 59 workers set up the digital time of the electronic age with 30 boards correspondingly with the change of physical time of every minute. 1611 changes have been made in total, and every minute of the flow has been calculated, presented, and imagined since then. The viewer will not only see the passage of time, but also see the occurrence of performers constructing time by manpower, and at the same time, they will continue to extend to the past and lead to the future.

More exhibitions:

  • THE WHITE SCREEN: Shadow Dancing Inside Isaac Newton’s Solar Spectrum Experiment. 

This is Peter Erskine’s a new artwork called Sundance.This is a unique Shadow Dance device, and the audience is also a dancer. When people go into space, the screen suddenly becomes colorful. At the same time, an interactive voice system is being developed, where the movements of tourists produce varying tones, rhythms, and harmonies. Therefore, participants can create dances based on the music they hear and the shapes and colors they see on the screen. This is a participatory new art form. Its material is life-giving sunlight, which is refracted by a powerful laser cutting prism

  • We are star-stuff

The work of artist and filmmaker Imogene Drummond, Mt Royal ’83, interfaces with the cosmos and cultural change. Her recent immersive video installation helps people understand that our primary context is—not political, religious, racial, or other identifications—but that we are part of the cosmos.

From the video, a young audience spontaneously interacted with my immersive video device “connecting Castile Blanc to the universe” for an hour! When the video background is switched, at the same time,the little girl will also change movements with the different video presentation environments, which is very interesting.


https://vimeo.com/310449886

source:https://vimeo.com/310449886

Thinking…

During the isolation period, everyone is confined at home. The beautiful scenery of spring is slowly passing outside the window. The space of home becomes the barrier between man and nature. I stayed at home for several months, and I miss the scenery of nature very much. So I want to frame the beautiful picture of this spring. Integrate the space of home with nature. My work designs immersion devices of life and nature. Water is one of the inseparable elements of life and natural, which is why I chose the bathroom as space.Thus, I explore the relationship between body and nature, as well as the relationship between body and immersive devices. My inspiration comes from two works: ‘The Art of Bloom ’ and ‘Stacked Hotel Room

  • The Art of Bloom

The Art of Bloom focuses on the special relationship between humans and nature. This project by interstrand and Daigo Daikokuya engages physical interaction by making use of sensor technology to capture visitors’ body temperatures, and the flower projects the image of microscopic of real flowers. When entering the space ,the temperature of the human body is detected and the light circles will start to follow your movement. When there is one person, it is one color. But when there are multiple people, there are more colors becoming mixed.

Source: https://theartofbloom.com

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTS-qRhMGmE
  • Stacked Hotel Room

In the dead of night, behind the closed doors of hotel rooms all over the world, Sonya Hanney and Adam Dade took everything out of their rooms and piled them up into sculptures. And record the whole process in the form of video.

Source: https://www.ikon-gallery.org/event/ stacked-hotel-room/

Inspired by the above two works, and due to the limited resources, I plan to go to my home to collect some natural materials, and then use the light and water at home to design an immersion device to integrate nature and life. The whole process of the device is recorded by video.


Making…

  • Step 1Go out to collect natural materials
  • Step 2Installation process
  • Step 3:Lighting design

Cut off the bottom of the paper cup. Use a flashlight to illuminate, the light hit the wall, simulate the light of the moon.

The flashlight shines on the bottom of the glass, on the wall, imitating the sparkling feeling of the lake.

Use a small yellow light bulb to simulate sunlight.

  • Step 4:finished product

Doing…

Comparison between the device and the original environment

The immersive exhibition makes the works of art no longer rely on a single sensory perception, but fully mobilize the audience’s visual, listening, touching, smelling and other sensory functions into the world of the works, so as to fully integrate, immerse and exchange emotions. There is no longer any essential difference between art creation and exhibition art. Installation artists expand their sovereignty from a single work to the whole exhibition itself, and the public space of the whole art gallery will be taken into consideration. The expansion of installation art to space also makes the whole space as an immersive experiment. Therefore, the reason why the immersive exhibition is popular is that it makes the visit become a kind of immersive experience, which not only enhances the audience’s sense of presence but also obtains the multi-sensory immersive aesthetic enjoyment.

Therefore, when the dancers enter the art space, their senses and emotions will be affected by the space, showing different action forms.Give dancers a more direct emotional rendering. So dancing in an immersive exhibition can create more possibilities.In this work I created, when I entered into the environment I designed, I integrated my body with nature. It can be itself, branches, buds, flowers, animals…


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