Student Work

  • Design and Technology (MFA)

    Kate Watkins

    Little Shadows

    Little Shadows is a performative audio-visual installation. It proposes a new and playful interactive language that can be learned through intuitive mapping of the movement of hand-gesture shadows and their behavior, shape, color and sonic output. Many hand gestures, specifically hand signals, carry multiple interpretations, depending on the cultural and social context. My focus, however, is on hand gestures conceived as a tool for expression and the ways in which they can shape and actually spawn new forms of non-verbal dialogue between users. My essential design question revolves around the idea of how an audio-visual system provides a visceral space where users can modify, learn and teach one another alternative modes of meaning through the use of hand gestures.