Digital art

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (1)

I haven’t update my blog for a long time,it’s not appropriate,I need to self-criticism.I have to admit it’s hard for me to keep doing this,writing on notebook is more easy for me,but I need to change.Now I’m will begin to review what have I done before and update.

During these days,I have an opportunity to cooperative with my friend Jake Huang who is studying in Wimbledon College of Arts’ MA Digital Theatre.He intend to make an  experiment work,it need to combine with dance performance and animation.Thus,our cooperative work is begin.He came with an idea,use projector to project animation on dancer’s body,combine 2D animation with live performance.

This form is inspire by a work.

Then we intend to use this form to make a experiment. Because we thought it is quite amusing that when 2D appear on our real life.For me,it is more a new presentation of animation.This time animation not only display on flat screen,but also present on a 3D  world.Sine my MA course,I intend to use animation as a entry point,try to find new art form to present animation,at least for me is completely new.Besides,I love 2D animation,so I would love to use this traditional art form combine with technology.

Therefore,we need to confirm storyboard.Because this is Jake’s assignment,so the decision of content is in his hands.He want to create a performance base on Shakespeare’s “Twelve Nights”.

The Twelfth Cake - Twelfth Night

In “Twelve Nights”,Malvolio is Olivia’s pompous steward.Several characters conspire to make  Malvolio believe that Olivia has fallen for him.  They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia’s hand. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and leaves him to the contrivances of his tormentors. Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber. Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself.

Thus Jake want to express the inner world of Malvolio,from surprise, delight, entanglement, to anger of be fooled,lost,and restore calm.We design to use animation to present Malvolio’s emotion.Besides,Jake intend to use a new way to perform this old theatre.He invited his friend Siwei Lin who also is MA Fine art student of WCA,as dancer and choreography,design a hip-hop style dance to act Malvolio. Use a contemporary way to display an old drama.

Hence,I began to design the storyboard with Jake and Shiye. After discussion,we confirm that use a letter as clues,because the hold story is because the fake letter.So we intend to use letter to lead Malvolio’s change of emotion.

First,Malvolio is sitting in a dark space with a small window which implied his inner world.The background is humble metaphor his status,a pompous steward.And there also hanging a pair of socks which is Malvolio’s characteristic –yellow stocks.

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Second,letter is appeared.It will dance seductively around Malvolio that display he received Olivia’s love letter. Malvolio will hesitate first,because  their status is different.Then he was surprise and delight,and began to accept.

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However,this letter is a hoax,so the letter began show its true colors.The letter show its diabolical face and explode that implied the exposed of lies,which also feared him.

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Then he begin to anger,crack imply his emotion outburst.

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In the end,he will restore clam and normal,and back to his real world.

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Puppet Theatre 01/11







In 1st Nov,I went to a puppet theatre watched a puppet show.It’s my first time to watch real puppet show,this traditional form is quit attract me. I think,in some sense,these puppet theatre is akin of animation or video,which is in a physical form.Those puppet are exquisite.But now these kind of traditional art form are fade away, instead, invisible and virtual digital art form.Although, digital art form bring a breakthrough to contemporary,but this high-technology art form,lack of some vivid,primitive feeling which from traditional art form.Thus, I think we need to think about is that digital art is bringing something and losing something at the same time?

Thinking and question

I was very happy as a volunteer in Bing Xu’s exhibition “Taohuayuan” in these couples day.And I’m strongly agree his opinion that artist not only create an aesthetic work,but also influence audience’s thought and make them thinking.I think both concept and visual is very important,even in this digital age.


Recently, I was thinking about my final project.What i want to do is still confuse me.To me,digital art is a new area which i haven’t get into before.Thus every thing is interesting to me,even some simple technology.

After read some article and discusses with others,I think some people are too focus on the form in digital art,although this is an important part of artwork.Some people thing now is different to defined digital artist,because some of them is doing scientific things,they are scientist too.So this phenomenon cause some people believe,if digital artist want to innovate they need to invent high technology art form.But i thing this is partial.I speculate that the art exist at the first time is to express beauty and provide a way for people to show their ideas and thinking,make their thinking visible.So no matter the digital art form is visible or invisible,that is not important,because those artwork are all invisible at the first time,they are in people’s mind.They just use some way to express their invisible things.Digital artist want to innovate,they need to innovate their mind and ideas first,not their technology things.

However,it doesn’t means technology is nothings.Because these technology can inspire us sometime.Just don’t forgot thinking and aesthetic is the most important thing,technology and art form is secondary.Don’t forget the most nature thing when everything is developing.This is why i want to investigate the relationship between aesthetics and digital art.In this week,I want to research and find the answer of my questions.

-What is aesthetic?

-How they exist in the artwork?

MA Project Proposal

1.Working Title:

The aesthetic created by interaction


Aim:research about how audience’s engagement,such as their behavior,create an aesthetic visual effect to video or animation.

-To see how important aesthetic visual for video.

-To see how digital technology influence and combine with video,such as animation.

-To learn how the interaction of audience become a part of digital artwork.

-Explore can interaction bring aesthetic visual effect to the artwork?


Historical-From the earliest silent films era,video and animation,they attract audiences via strong visual impact which also full of aesthetics.Those fascinating moving images are created by artists and director.They know how to use light and shadow,composition,even hue to create the most aesthetic and impact video.Because most of them had learned and trained about aesthetics.

Contemporary-Since the existence of digital technology,it provide more possibilities and methods for video to create aesthetic visual effect.These effect are dramatic and high-tech which traditional skill can not achieve.Besides,digital technology also provide a new art form,interaction.Increasing advent of interactive artwork,such as human-computer interaction,audience become a particular part of artwork.Artist began try their works out with the public before completion,because an interactive work is not complete without participants.(‘The art of interaction’)But most of the  interactive artwork are focus on engagement,for example,the way artwork interact with audience,is that engagement sustained.Indeed,interaction is a good way to for audience to actually get in touch with artwork,also can deeper understand the intention of artist.However,in some sense,it is these interaction make the artwork lost some of their aesthetics,because most audiences are amateurs.Thus,most interactive digital art tend to focus on behaviors and response of  computer system.

Theoretical-Interaction is an innovate way to express art,but as an art form,aesthetics is still the intention of it.Thus,I intend to explore how interaction create aesthetic visual effect.It can not only keep their intention that express ideas of beauty,but also can help audience to know the essence of artwork in an actual physical way.



Learn and explore the essence of aesthetic visual in video.

Find out a theme of video,such as SAMSARA.

Use animation as the video form,such as black and white animation.

Explore new ways to express visual of animation,such as use digital projection technique to persent on some subject,3D mapping.


learn about the basis knowledge of interactive technology,make some experiment,such as use of intel’s new galileo microprocessor board.

learn about how to use HCI technology.

research about how can interaction create aesthetics in anyway.


Temporary idea is make an installation that combine with animation,it can also interact with audience,create aesthetic visual via interaction.

6.Work Plan:

Total 45 weeks

1 -10  weeks      research,find out the theme and form of animation and initial idea;research and learn some interactive technology

11-30  weeks     experiment and find out the finalize proposal

31-45  weeks     prepare for the project and exhibit in final show




The art of interaction–‘Digital Creativity’