Sensing the function of human movement – Walking
The “Human Being & Moving Images” interactive project is part of Hong Kong artist Hung Keung’s research in the theory of exploring the possibilities between human beings and moving images. The result is 2 CDROMs and a website. This is the CDROM project focusing on the themes of Human Voice, Human Movement, and Seeing, etc.
Choosing the Human Body leads to a panoptic exploration of the limits of the human gaze in ‘Sightseeing’. Suppose that we could observe everything around us with a glance, without having to turn around. But what is the function of movement then, what is the effect of shifting the body on observation? Choosing Human Movement provides access to a series of walks where the function of movement is made understandable in both a linear and non-linear way. A young woman goes for a walk, but we see her in the same continuous close-up and only observe the background passing by. We feel her moving but how far has she gone? Via various paths, the user navigates along presentations that never cease to surprise. Each iteration, each separate project, has a specific interface. You just have to get used to the fact that the cursor vanishes, but then the navigation, based on X and Y coordinates, works flawlessly. Text plays a subordinate role with the image (mis)leading the user. He has to manipulate and feel to be able to observe, searching for the right relationships, the links to new sensory experiences.
(Text by Geert-Jan Strengholt, The 18th World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2000).
Another Interactive work “walking 1234” is designed to be placed under the category of human movement, as they share the theme about human beings: movement. The aim is to question how interactive programming helps to explore the meaning of “journey” during walking. Go through the different experience of 4 different people in the same time sequences by repeating the same shooting 8 times for each people and location with different directions.