ORBIT TRAINING is a real-time interactive training designed for future life in outer space to help people get better understanding of how orbit works so that they can keep themselves in the orbit of those they care about. The installation creates an illusion by capturing people’s real shadow in front of the light, then making it always moving from right to left and generating the new shadow. The closer people get to the wall, the faster the shadows is moving in the invisible orbit.
An object in motion will stay in motion unless something pushes or pulls on it. This statement is called Newton's first law of motion. Without gravity, an Earth-orbiting satellite would go off into space along a straight line. With gravity, it is pulled back toward Earth. An object's momentum and the force of gravity have to be balanced for an orbit to happen. If the forward momentum of one object is too great, it will speed past and not enter into orbit. If momentum is too small, the object will be pulled down and crash. Actually, all human beings have gravity that we never noticed. We also change our speed to keep the orbit from each other. In ORBIT TRAINING, audiences become an Earth without even noticing it at first. The moon changes its shape because of the shadow, changes its speed because of the audience’s existence in the space.
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Today, we depend on codes to communicate with others. Without the coding language, we can never understand even our own words. In this installation, people became the black pixel itself, being scanned and sending message to the opposite quietly, although they are face to face. They can only know the meaning by searching the numbers online. Each four numbers can be translated into one Chinese character.
The final effect was achieved by transforming dance pads and using MackeyMackey and Flash ActionScript.