What does it mean to dance like a Chinese word? By looking at the embodied mind theory, I discovered that Chinese words might be more physical than English words because they can individually be regarded as image schemas. This brings me to bring the physical body and movement into my design for Chinese calligraphy in a museum of Chinese culture.
The probing gave me insights about how non-Chinese people dance with or without stroke order with their hands, feet and body, and how they enjoyed dancing like a Chinese word with their body. In order to recreate this experience and bring it into my design, after a few trials of prototypes, I designed a system that enables the user to follow stroke order with their head, hand, feet or their body freely with open source software processing and computer vision.
This system firstly invites people to dance four individual Chinese words subsequently, and then dance them all at once. People can have a fun and physical experience of learning Chinese words. For designers, looking at physicality is a good way to introduce people to Chinese calligraphy. When we ask people to move like a Chinese word, it's recommended to let them follow stroke order freely with hands, feet or body.
Video demo: https://youtu.be/zfzwLnZZIFA