Interactive Audiovisual Performance "Gravitational Waves"


During my Master study in UdK Berlin I started my research topic “the combination of illustration and experimental media”, and carried this topic on to my Meister study for one year. As my graduation project I presented this interactive audiovisual animation performance together with a new media and sound artist Xiaolu Yu, who is also a student in UdK Berlin. The novelty of this work is that it’s not a traditional animation, which describes a series of actions performed in common sense, but rather an animation, in which the movements are not predefined, but are triggered by the loudness of live audio. Specifically, normal animations are projected on to the walls, on which light sensors are set to perceive the color and brightness, and generate sounds with different pitches, which in turn affect the movements of objects and their colors. Sometimes it creates interesting and surprising motions that are unreal but very artistic.

As for the content, this work is named “Gravitational Waves”. Gravitation, the most important phenomenon in the universe, is the cause why particles relate with each other, whereas as a symbol of energy, gravitation is connected to thermodynamic and entropy. Thermodynamics tells us that energy transports via arrow of time, which means time flows forwards and useful energy turns useless or chaos. Such energy is entropy. All movements increase entropy, which are among invisible particles and nature forces, so called waves. It is not only in physics domain but also related to philosophy, energy conversation and coherence. I pay close attention to cosmophysics and philosophy in my free time. I have always wanted to express the physics concept, phenomenon, and coherence among everything in the universe, in a relaxed but mysterious way. The unrealness of the mutual effect caused by experimental electric sound and audio is just the perfection description of the transformation and disappearance of the forces in the universe. As for the rhythms, the animation switches between the perspective of god and civilian, the feeling of realness and unrealness, and the result of disorder and coherence.

VJ: Ruohan Wang
DJ:Xiaolu Yu

Concept: Ruohan Wang
Illustration and Graphic: Ruohan Wang
Animation: Ruohan Wang
Clip: Xiaolu Yu
Sound: Xiaolu Yu

  • Ruohan Wang
  • Ruohan Wang
  • Ruohan Wang
  • Xiaolu Yu
  • Ruohan Wang
    Key Cast
  • Xiaolu Yu
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2016
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  • Retune Festival
    October 6, 2016
  • Zoom international filmfestival
    Jelenia Góra
    February 25, 2017
  • Cairo Video Festival
    February 10, 2017
Director Biography - Ruohan Wang

Ruohan Wang is an Illustrator, motion designer, animator and VJ based in Berlin, Germany. She studied Illustration in the class of professor Henning Wagenbreth, and finished her Meisterschüler study in 2016 at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2015 she founded Studio R and worked since then on various projects between China and Europe, and at the same time she also works on her own projects. She makes motion-illustrations and graphics and mixes them with sound.

In 2016 the sound artist Xiaolu Yu joined Studio R, and since then they worked together.

Xiaolu Yu, graduated from Berlin University of the Arts, lives in Berlin, from 2011 began to specialize in video, sound, programming music, interactive installation and audiovisual performance. She is interested in maximizing both variety and coherence of musical and visual experience.

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