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Rethinking qi and Tai Chi through New Media Technologies

Zheng, Yutong (2021) Rethinking qi and Tai Chi through New Media Technologies. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Zheng, Yutong

Due to its ambiguous nature, the Chinese cultural concept qi (also known as chi) can be confusing and misunderstood. By expressing qi through sound and haptics with the help of interactive technologies, this thesis project proposes a transcultural design approach based on the postcolonial notions of the “Contact Zone” and “Culture Hybridity”, which can potentially rectify some misunderstanding of qi and Tai Chi in a sensual “language” with the aid of interactive technologies. Motion tracking, haptic technology, machine learning for gesture recognition and sound design have been used in this translation process to provide real time feedback and enable participants to understand qi in an interactive Tai Chi performance. With this work, I hope to open up new opportunities by using new media technologies as a bridge to understanding cultural arts and practices.

Date: 3 May 2021
Additional Information: Project website: https://yutongzheng0810.wixsite.com/interactive-tai-chi
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital performance, Cross-cultural communication, Interactive technologies, Traditional Chinese Arts, Tai Chi, qi, Contact Zone, Culture Hybridity
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 15:34
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 20:45
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3334

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