Contact   / CV

The Lion Dance Paper Automata
was inspired by the lion dance, a traditional dance that is popular among Asian culture and religious festivals like the Chinese New Year. The performance involves a visit to houses and shops of the Chinese community by performers in a lion costume, greeting them with the customary act of “cai qing”, or “plucking the greens”. Green vegetables, such as lettuce, would be left on a pole or table that is tied with a lucky red envelope containing money. 
As the lion passes by, it “eats” the vegetables while keeping the red envelope that acts as a reward for the lion troupe. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to businesses.

My paper automata is a lion that is made to interact with its environment. When in contact with a physical item (e.g. green cabbage, red envelopes), its eyes will glow red as it advances faster towards the object.

For every $ Tweeted — Some suggestions were made that the Lion paper automata could be implanted with Twitter. For every “$” that is tweeted, the Lion will activate and dance for a set time. Transitioning from the tradition as a performance of dancing from street to street to collect red pockets, the lion now dances for “$” tweets. In a similar situation, the lion can also be connected to an Etsy business through API: for every order that is placed, the Lion will dance. With both ideas, the Lion would be displayed on a 24 hour live feed.

Open Call
Open Call
Open Call
Open Call
Open Call
Open Call
Open Call
Open Call
Open Call



I’m up for Hire!
Let’s talk.
Desi