credit: Meichun Cai & Yiou Wang

SXSW Art Program Installation - “Mixanthropy” by Meichun Cai & Yiou Wang

Mar 14, 2023

10:00am – 5:00pm CT

Mixanthropy refers to the capturing of a deity’s potential for fluidity and change. Transitioning between animal and human states, Mixanthropy explores the divine hybridity through body transformations based on anatomical isomorphism, with mimetic skin textures echoing different environments with dataset generated by AI. The hybrid mixanthrope morphs into other bodies with mocap retargeted on human and nonhuman bodies. This work synchronizes motion, as an externalization of the intrinsic psyche, with 3D body deformation and metamorphosis into humanoids, chimeras, and otherworldly beings.

In the process of creation, Meichun and Yiou performed a series of different animist movements while imagining themselves transition between their original species, Homo sapiens, and another species. Using motion capture technology of MIT Immersion Lab, Meichun and Yiou choreographed and personally provided movements to the shapeshifting beings.

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