Students: Will Bunk, Alex Bruce and Kyle Brown
Tutor: Professor Marcus Shaffer
University: Penn State University, Department of Architecture
Location: Penn State University Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania, USA
Dance Vehicle 01, part of Secret Life of Public Spaces, is the result of an interdisciplinary effort between the Architecture, Dance and Engineering Departments at Pennsylvania State University. The studio, in collaboration with the renowned Los Angeles-based Diavolo Dance Theater, challenged students to re-examine the hidden functions and interactions that occur in public spaces.
The machine was designed and fabricated by Architecture students Will Bunk, Alex Bruce and Kyle Brown, under the guidance and supervision of Professor Marcus Shaffer. The vehicle is composed of two 12’x12’x2’6” truss-framed wheels, encasing a suspended triangular anti-prism cage measuring 9’x9’x15’. The cage rotates creates an occupiable space for performers to hang, suspend, act, and react to the machine’s rapidly changing movements. The vehicle is “driven” by performers walking in the outer rings, who can change its speed and orientation by walking forwards or backwards. The intricate construction of the rolling mechanism allows all three components to spin independently of one another. Perforated frames in the panels resemble the shape of smart phones, and are intended to inspire a dialogue between the use of technology in public spaces and our awareness of our immediate physical environment.
A video of the Dance Vehicle 01 in action: