Playing With Shadows

Danqing Wang

Playing with Shadows is an interactive installation that demonstrates the ancient art of Chinese shadow puppetry through an automated performance. This project aims to reignite the interest in the art of Chinese shadow puppetry.


Along with the fast decline of Chinese shadow puppetry, the old performers and artists are disappearing. Instead of replacing human labor with a machine, Playing with Shadows uses machines to preserve a vanishing art form. Playing with Shadows will automate the performance blending modern technology and traditional art in a presentation of light, shadow and music.