Fengyi Zhu Turns Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance to a Kinetic Sculpture

With a degree in applied mathematics and a minor in visual art, Fengyi franklin Zhu attended NYU’s interactive telecommunications program to become a creative developer.

Inspired by a traditional Chinese dragon dance performance he watched last winter, Fengyi explored how the meaning of this ritual has changed from “praying for rain” to “entertainment” or “celebration of Asian culture”.

Attributing the loss of the ritual's original meaning to fast developing technologies, he used technology to reinterpret the traditional dragon dance practice and created kinetic sculpture to imitate the undulating movement of the dance.


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