Architecture of Shade – Kinetic Playground

Architecture of Shade – Kinetic Playground is an experimental interactive pavilion which invites the audience to explore the relationship between the body and the space. The structure interacts and responds to its surroundings through people tracking cameras placed by the seating in profile of three of Hong Kong’s endangered animals, the Pink Dolphin, Green Turtle and Black-faced Spoonbill. Corresponding to the number of the animals, three visitors interacting with the camera at any onetime can trigger the canopy to open / close in response. In other times, the structure responds to the environment including the wind and sunlight by closing the canopy to protect itself or open up to provide shaded space below and a site-responsive ecosystem shaped by the environment.

The kinetic structure was prototyped and built in the studio including the development of micro controllers and its software. The people tracking algorithm with deep learning AI program gives the micro controller with camera the computer vision to sense its surrounding.

During the installation period, SKY YUTAKA and Hong Kong dance group Unlock will collaborate on series of performances to transform the installation into the wearable and stage for body space explorations with dance choreography.

Type: Kinetic Installation
Location: Oi! At Oil Street, Hong Kong
Scope: Concept, Design, Fabrication and Installation
Project Team: Concept and Project Co-ordination Yutaka Yano, Sarah Lee / Kinetic System Fabrication Nisham Limbu, Lok Yee Lee Lara, Leung Tak Mei, Lilly, KT, Cheung Lok Hang Henrik, Yeh Yi Hsin Celia, Vanessa, Shuwei Wang, John Lau Kai Yin, Olivia Si / Software Programming and Mechanical and Electronic Engineering Andrew Lee, Ming Sum Yau, Wong Hang Chit / Sound Design Osamu Yano / Choreography and Dance Performance UNLOCK / Production House Ming Hing Development / Pneumatic system design and supplier Kris Ip, Wah Fu Machinery Company /
Organiser: Oi! At Oil Street, LIN Mei Kiu Ivy,  CHU SHui Ping Jennifer, HO Yim Ting Vicky, TANG Shue Fung and Oi! At Oil Street team