How can we create interactive experiences through animation and body language?
This is a digital creation displaying on a unique tangible suit, connecting people with art and love.
Pixelman is a performer who travels the world, brings joys and happiness to people. In the past, he has performed in Burning Man, Symbiosis and many art and technology festivals. My Dancer friend Ty reached out to me one day, told me about his ambitious solo project needs a new look. He wants to create new sparkling animation for his LED suit that would push his performance to the next level. It was my first time working on animation outside of screens, it was really challenging and fun!
2016, 3.5 months
Ty Chen (Dancer)
Annie Hall (Designer)
Yi Chan (Programmer)
I was really excited about this opportunity to create tangible art with technology. After two months of researching and testing,
I designed 30 sets of animation for the LED suit. This project allows me to explore animation on the wearable device and understand the animation workflow off-screen better.
I begin with researching led installation and pixel animation ﬁrst. Geometric shapes and lines seem to be the visual key, very simple but powerful. I started to think about how these elements would look like when applying to the human body.
Since this was my first time working on a suit, I spent a bit of time to understand how everything works and what colors perform the best with the suit at the beginning, then move on to actual production phase. Creating a timeline and beware of the schedule
always help me move faster.
While developing ideas for the suite,I came up with a few questions
What elements I can use? Organic or inorganic ?
What kind of personality he could have?
What mood I can create? Motion direction? Speed and colors Variation?
Animation playing on his suit or he is wearing a “suit”?