Architecture student wins KAO International Kinetic Art Competition

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Architecture student wins KAO International Kinetic Art Competition

February 12, 2013

USC Post-Professional MA.Arch student Behnaz Farahi has won first prize in the 2013 KAO International Kinetic Art Competition for her work, Alloplastic Architecture. The work involves an adaptive tensegrity structure that responds to human movement.

 

In this video, performance artist Nicole Ives dances with the structure that reacts to her presence without any actual physical contact. A Kinect motion sensor device tracks the movement of the dancer, thereby reconfiguring the entire structure through the use of an Arduino control board and Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) springs.

 

The project was supervised by Alvin Huang, Neil Leach and Michael Fox.

 

The work is currently on display at the KAO INternational Art Exhibition in Boynton Beach, Fla., and at the Encoding Architecture Exhibition in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

choreography in space from Behnaz Farahi on Vimeo.