Star Gods Moon Rabbits: 2 x 5 m LED screen, realtime computer simulations

Ruth Gibson (Artist), Bruno Martelli (Artist)

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition


    This installation re-establishes relationships between people, cities, art and life in a modern ritual. Gibson/Martelli take the rich concept of the ancient dramatic art of face-changing to create giant faces with multiple layers and personalities, a homage to Sichuan Bianlian mask opera. Colourful facial patterns of myth, symbol and ceremony light up the cultural corridor of Chengdu in a vibrant array of dazzling hues. The hybrid characters connect audiences, stirring expression through their own performance, folklore and mystery.

    A custom machine learning system was created in order to detect park visitors so that the giant faces can watch them throughout the day and evening. The faces change according to the movement, speed, proximity and numbers of passers- by.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2018
    EventLight Up Bashu: Star Gods Moon Rabbits - Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, Chengdu, China
    Duration: 4 Nov 20184 Dec 2018


    • Machine Learning
    • Artificial intelligence (AI)
    • Tracking
    • Surveillance
    • LED
    • Light
    • Opera
    • Myth
    • Pedestrian
    • Site-responsive
    • display


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