Albert Hwang

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The Market Value of Monkeys and Robots (Mar, 2009)

In theater, characters are defined by how they interact with the world around them. Strong characters are built by creating strong relationships with sets, props, and other characters. A character with strong relationships has a stage presence and can have a stronger handle on the audience’s attention.

The goal of this project is to make a digital actor with a strong stage presence. Through the use of choreography, the digital character has agency over real world objects and can build relationship with other real world actors.

The project was worked on at Media Lab and a live performance was workshopped in March of 2009. The first video shown here is a promo for that event.

This second is a sketch of the idea in a scale model box of a set.