quick update // oracle

Plans for the final project:

Location: Truss Room

Time: TBC


The takeaway from last week was how do we engage the audience even further, and get them to be interested to try out our performance again.

Quick recap:

Our initial methodology was to have each participant to randomly select a number and part of a sentence by shaking the sticks and that will form a sentence.

Current state:

We modified our methodology, to hopefully make it more engaging!

Our performance consists of three parts:

  1. Topic of fortune
  2. Main Fortune
  3. Continuation of Fortune
  • Each participant (now 3 instead of 5) will shake the sticks and produce their respective numbers that will be averaged.

E.g. Participant 1 draws 5, Participant 2 draws 1, and Participant 3 draws 8. [(5 + 1 + 8) / 3) ~= 5 ]

  • The first round will determine the topic of the fortune.
  • The second round of shaking sticks is to find out what their main fortune is based on the topic drawn.
  • The final round of shaking sticks will be a continuation of their fortune.


We are hoping that this is a more consistent approach and engage people to try it again!

Also, we got our equipment, so we can start working on the Arduino stuff!

In the Subconscious // flashmob

(Collaboration between Fizah and Tanya)

In the Subconscious is a mini flashmob, consisting of five performers, orchestrating a symphony of trivial questions through text to voice translation on their phones or laptops.

  1. Walk into ADM lounge and spread out.
  2. Once seated, first participant can begin the flashmob by playing the first audio.
  3. During Wave 1, participants are to wait 3 seconds after the previous audio to play their audio.
  4. During Wave 2, the waiting time drops to 1 second.
  5. During Wave 3, participants can play their audios at random sequence and timing.
  6. Wait for the cue from the first participant to get up and leave the performance area.

Inspired by the recent ads from Apple: “Some things shouldn’t be shared. That’s why iPhone is designed to help give you control over your information and protect your privacy.” – Apple

In The Subconscious focuses on vocalising the collective subconscious minds of people; creating a space where these subconscious thoughts seemingly become public, easily accessible to everyone.

the rope choreographer // micro-performance

An empty stage.





Performers are usually given a blank canvas to perform in. In that empty canvas, they bring in their own performance that occupies the space.

What if we designed the space and instead of them performing IN the space, we make them perform TO the space?

In my project, I wanted to explore the idea of letting a space choreograph a dancer’s movement. Essentially, the dancers come into a space with no choreography in mind and move according to what the space tells you to.

For this micro-performance, I decided to scale it down by using objects instead of space.

Dancers/ often used props that have been choreographed into dance.

Similarly, what happens when we let the prop choreograph your dance?


The rope choreographer  – rope and dancers


Two participants will control the rope, while the performer has to dance to the movement of the rope.

The performers experimented with two different instructions on how to react to the rope.

  1. Avoid the rope.
  2. Always touch the rope.

I enlisted the help of two of my dancer friends of varying dance backgrounds, Mus (contemporary dancer) and Shah (Lindy dancer). I (an old and retired modern dancer) also took part in this performance.

Part 1 – Avoid the Rope

Part 2 – Always touch the Rope


I believe the rope started becoming the fourth dancer in this performance. While perfoming, I was entranced by the rope, and it instinctively becomes my “dance partner”.

It’ll be interesting to see a variation of this where it becomes a human and machine dance collaboration, where the dancer has to move according to the movements of the machine. I would very much love to venture into this for my semester project.