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· 当代社畜 ·

Live Motion Capture + Performance
Fall 2021
Rokoko . Unity

· team members ·
Han Chen, Lu Jia, Wenwen Qiu, Xintong Wang, Zhijun Song

· concept ·
The project finds the connection between the traditional shadow play and motion capture. Shows how “corporate slavery”(社畜) are manipulated like a puppet in current society through a live performance.


Shadow Play
Shadow play (皮影戏) also known as shadow Puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source.

Corporate Slavery
Corporate Slavery (社畜/しゃちく) refers to the people who make the business world go round and round, without them executives might actually have to do something besides make rules to make it more difficult for the slaves under them to do their job. Corporate slaves are easily identifiable by the vacant look in their eyes as they are always overworked, underpaid and underappreciated.

making process

Performer Xintong Wang

Through discovering the interconnection between traditional shadow play and motion capture, a stronge sense of “manipulation” emerges in both of these two forms. The project uses this combined form to show how sometimes people are manipulated like a puppet in the current society through a performance using real time motion capture.

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