Afloat: a spatial exploration with gestures

Ji Young Chun, Manning Qu

A meditative approach to spatial exploration… and bubbles!


This playful yet meditative piece is about spatial exploration, utilizing a Kinect for gestural interaction. The sketch is projected onto three layered transparent fabrics hanging from the ceiling, offering a dreamlike environment. The fabrics are diagonally placed so people can effortlessly travel through the space.

The sketch shows hundreds of bubbles that users can interact with their body; they can create a huge bubble or attract bunch of bubbles with certain gestures while listening to relaxing ambient music. The bubbles follow as people walk around the space. Some people might want to play with the fabrics, and when the surface of the fabrics is distorted, it creates unexpected organizations of bubbles while still following the users. You can imagine clean sheets of clothes being hung out to dry while bubbles float around you in the fresh summer air. A beautiful world is created and it reacts to you gently. We want to deliver this dreamlike relief to our audience with our experiments in creative coding sketch, movements and space.


Sense Me, Move Me