The Beijing Olympic game opening ceremony is the best way of presenting the idea of interactive art, although its the interactivity between the professional dancers with LED lights, but I'm sure when this technology become mature, it will be used in daily life to make our lives better. So in the class, the first performance I showed to the class is the interactive dancing with a giant LED light painting, which the director Zhang wanted to use each individual dancer as each small ink of traditional Chinese painting, so we can see as the dancers are dancing on the screen, the LED light can receive the body language of dancers and transmit them into codes and exhibit a giant classic Chinese painting on the digital scroll. Second one I show to the class is the performance which demonstrate the revolution of Chinese Characters from thousand years ago to modern day, and it is also a fancy LED light show, like the LED lights receive signals from the central control and start to do its own performance. Everyone knows that China has the world's longest history and so many ancient culture, some of them may not be really compatible with modern art which require people to spend a long time to perceive the beauty of its spirit, but the opening ceremony is only 5 hours, not enough time for them to show every Chinese culture especially by traditional and classic ways. So the LED lights perfectly interpreted classic culture but also with fancy modern ways. Especially I like the first idea, where the dancer can interact with LED light, maybe because I'm Chinese so it is much easier for me to perceive the insight of the performance.
Zhang Yi Mou and his creative group
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