Dance in the Line: Interactive Digital Art Installation

Computer Science Department, Colby College
January 2016

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Isadora Software Interface

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Installation Setup

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Exhibition

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What is Dance in the Line?

Dance in the Line is a digital art installation where people dance behind the curtain, and audiences see the silhouette of the dancers and control special effects in front of the screen.


Who are involved?

Two parties are involved: dancers behind the screen and audiences watching the dance and control the art effects in front of the screen.


How does it work?

A dancer steps behind a curtain and a Kinect picks up the movements of the dancer. The captured avatar is projected onto the front of the curtain where audiences in the front can see and control the special effects of the silhouette through buttons that are pressure pads. This allows both the dancer and the viewers to participate in the installation. Different effects are: color of dancing silhouette, color of background, dot effect, collage, etc.


Equipment

• Kinect: capture the dancers' movement
• Screen: where the dancers' silhouettes are projected on
• Projector: project the dancers' avatar to a screen
• Pressure Pads: audiences can step on to change the special effect
• Keypad: audiences can use to control the color theme

Purpose

The purpose of the installation is to encourage users to express their creativity through dance. The audience only sees the silhouettes of the actor and the avatar, giving the actor a sense of anonymity behind the curtain. The presence of the dancing avatar and the curtain blocking the actor from view encourage the actor to be more outgoing and confident. The pressure pads allow the audience to feel like they are also a part of the art without having to do the dancing, but are also meant to intrigue the audience because they are never quite sure which pads control which effect.

Roles


• Schemed the initial project concept and programmed Isadora plugins and the user interface via C++
• Designed art components of the project including light effects, logos, control icons, instruction boards, advertisement posters and keyboards etc. using Photoshop
• Set up the installation at Colby College student center lounge and displayed the project publicly during January 2016

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