Design, astronomy, and dance are merged into a mesmerizing event in this carefully choreographed project. Kuka robots were used to design unnatural or “synthetic” orbits for two asteroid-shaped disco balls named Ceres and Gaspra. Based on characteristics such as axiality, posture, wobble, and curvature, the relationship between asteroids constantly evolves throughout the piece. The result is a dazzling, slow-motion display of celestial spectacle.
Designed by Trenman Yau, Nawid Piracha, Kimberly Daul, Xiran Zhang, Sining Wang, Yining Wang, Steven Matti, Alex Xu, Xiaoxiao Su, Yatung Nuo, Yuhao Zhu, and Ziliang Lu. Filmed at UCLA’s satellite campus for Jason Payne’s technology seminar “Dark Star Disco: Floating A-signification and Eccentric Orbits” (UCLA AUD 289, Winter 2014).