explore a world of junk and beauty and bring it to musical life with your touch. create your own soundtrack while changing the landscape.
SuperStition is an interactive installation consisting of a Boombox totem pole, a drum pad dance floor, and a gesture melody maker. As people dance around the tower of boomboxes and speakers, they create drums with their feet and melodies with their hands. I was interested in the intersection of indigenous dance and street dance and I aim to create an experience that is creative, musical, and shared with others.
Dance is the one of the first and original forms of communication. Before spoken languages we used our bodies and gestures to convey ourselves. I’ve been using the Kinect to trace body movements, capturing the shapes and energy that goes into dance. Trying to decipher the code. I was influenced by graffiti tags throughout the city, and their raw, energetic forms of expression. I wanted to recreate this ability to leave a mark in a time and space, but three-dimensionally – instead of stuck on a wall, these would float in space – a document of someone’s living presence.
As much fun as it is to get lost and dance to whatever the DJ throws on, sometimes you just want to do your own thing. Dance to your own music. Or, even better, CREATE your own music FROM your dancing.
You’ve been invited to the dance party of the millennium. All your friends and family will be there, even those who have passed away. Upon arrival you will be given a new, robotic body that allows you to dance forever without getting tired or needing to rest. Your moves will be free and easy – effortless. Earth Wind and Fire will open, followed by Carlos Santana, James Brown and the JBs, and all your favorite bands playing all your favorite songs, even the one-hit wonders. Everyone will be dancing. Prince will bring everyone to a fervor, and finally, when you’re overwhelmed with awesomeness, Michael Jackson will moonwalk onto the stage and your robot helmet will explode into a million rainbows.
This piece accompanied the masks at the Fortune n Funk show. It is reminiscent of paintings of Chinese emperors, but given a contemporary twist. I feel that we are all kings and queens in our own way, but never realize it. This is a reminder to create your own path. Be the master of your own domain.
I had a show up at SOMArts called Fortune n Funk, which featured 12 masks that I made based on the Chinese zodiac animals.
Shark attack! As seen on the streets of San Francisco, April 2012. This is a continuation of my sculptural street art project. The wolf came first, then the shark smelled blood and joined the frenzy…
Individual b-boy images captured on every beat for 16 bars (64 beats or 8 × 8-counts – the length of a verse in a song), then drawn out in a grid. You should theoretically be able to recreate the dance set, by ‘reading’ the image like musical notation.
Basically, just me dancing.
How does one capture the spirit of b-boying? A dance of the street, built on spontaneity, energy, and emotion. I tried to answer that with some photos:
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