Shall We Dance, Argentina?
“Interactivity” is a standout trait of new media art that allows the bodies of viewers to become part of the construct of the work. Huang started contemplating the interactivity of new media art early on and presented Shall We Dance, Shanghai? at the 2008 Shanghai Biennial. At the 404 International Festival of Art & Technology in 2013, Huang integrated local architecture into his work, which was presented as Shall We Dance, Argentina?.
The prototype of this work can be traced back to the artist’s 2005 work Passage, which was when Huang started experimenting with combining multimedia such as the computer and images to create image installations that allow interaction with viewers. In this work, buildings are pixelated and continue to reconstruct according to the appearance and posture of the viewer. In Shall We Dance, Argentina?, the viewers’ bodies are transformed into buildings that mirror the poses of the viewers. Once viewers leave the screen, the building collapses, a metaphor for the relationship between humans and the city. Once people leave the buildings, the city ceases to exist. The city is formed by architecture built by countless humans. The towering buildings provide shelter for the people of the city, but compared with its colossal modern structures, humans seem small, feeble, and transient. However, the cityscape is the work of humans. The dance of the buildings in the images is a group dance of the people.