Workshop with Kiori

Kiori let us explore our body in ways that people normally wouldn’t have a chance to try. The evoked feelings are definitely illuminating, in terms of the different possibilities and alternatives for interactive pieces to approach the audience.

We paired up in groups of two, as “receiver” and “operator”. The receivers gave up their control over the body and handed it over to the operator, completely and then partially. In the beginning, people, especially our group as I noticed, couldn’t help laughing, because of the idea of dissolving the physical personal space. It is a solid piece of advice when it comes to interactive user experience, although to relax and feel is surely the best way to enjoy.

In my case, following the operator’s lead was truly relaxing. The body can flow in a certain way that only bodies do. With skeletons and joints limited, the body as an instrument performs motions. With eyes closed, the sensitivity was amplified while the orientation was taken away, or say taken care of. I didn’t have to care about what I was doing but just experiencing what was coming to me.

When we headed out with closed eye, one thing really intrigued me — the imaginary map in my brain. Based on where I saw I was before closing my eyes, I was making maps and imagining what’s in front of me in real time, which were really far from reality. I saw a narrow hallway in the Arts Center where I was about to hit the imaginary wall, but there isn’t really a place this narrow in the Arts Center. And yet I truly saw it in my made up vision.

Kiori really helped us expand our knowledge on what we can achieve with body and sensations. Either taken or enhanced, the body has its own energy and rational system that wouldn’t be seen without stimulus or contexts. However, the potential is truly there.