Physical activity

in the public space

2014 - 15 / MASTER PERSONAL PROJET 
OBSERVATION & ORIENTATION
 

 

Change urban behaviours

 

Our society is more and more urban, sedentary, tertiary but also hyperactive and virtual. Physical maintenance has then become a real need, a medical recommendation, nearly a credo and for sure a business. 
I lived one year in Hong Kong and was amazed by the relation Asian people have to their body and the public space. I came back and wondered how we could adapt this kind of practice to European lifestyle and mind.

 

Physical maintenance or performance?


Batman's muscles evolution reflects well the main physical activity trend that is mostly performance and physical improvement-centered. Due to new technologies and ideologies, competition, records, challenges tend to be pervasive. 

But simple physical maintenance exercises (Pro-prioception, stretching and articular maintenance) are little practiced and popular except in the physiotherapist's office. The project aims to awake this type of physical maintenance consciousness among citizens.

 

Another fitness trail?


Street sports practitioners (Street workout, Tai chi, Running) don't need anything else than the city itself to keep fit.
A floor sign, an app or a video can induce physical exercises.
While public fitness devices are often bulky, isolated from the daily walk-through and induce repetitive motions. Do we really need another fitness public device?

 

 

Is virtual sport only about statistics?


In the opposite of fitness trails, virtuality enables millions of exercises, a gain of space and a powerful adaptability to every user. Sport quantified-self devices are increasingly used and really representative from our competitive, rational and individualistic society. The project aims at finding virtual alternative to this statistics trend.

 

Let's reinvent urban lights and pedestrian mobility

 

Most of city lights are conceived to manage car and pedestrian streams in a conventional approach. Our urban way of walking is also pretty rectilinear and conventional. While we could use light interaction to deviate citizens' daily routes.

PROJECT
 

MOON WALK

A city light that cares for pedestrians

 

The light of moonwalk offers a different way to move into the city. It suggests light physical exercises integrated in citizens' daily routes. The user can remote the light with its smartphone.The rules are simple. Walk on the dots (Cardio). If it's a circle, don't touch it (Balance). If it's a moving silhouette, move in the same way (Flexibility).

Via the application, users can always change parameters (intensity, body part, exercise type...) and receive bespoke exercises to their needs, wants and profile.

Rather focused on physical maintenance than improvement, the Moon Walk exercises suggest another way to envision physical activity. No levels, no numbers, no comparison, no statistics, no competition. Just an unobtrusive light to deviate our daily paths.

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MEETINGS AND COLLABORATIONS
 

Learn urban integration 

with urban planners 


I presented my work in progress to 2 urban planners and ask their opinion and advice. I had started to draw objects to integrate in daily paths, but after having studied urban legislation and spoken about urban philosophy, I realised it was too intrusive and bulky. That's why I chose to integrate a discrete light that does not denature spaces too much.

 

Design a healthy program 

with a physiotherapist

 

I interviewed a sport teacher and 2 physiotherapists. I subscribed to one of the physiotherapist's stretching and proprioception lessons. After 5 months of lesson and discussion, we elaborated a healthy program to integrate into the city. 

Design a new motion 

with a dancer


I gave the healthy program to 2 dancers and ask them to interpret it differently. I wanted to create a new kind of physical activity, 

mixing pedestrian mobility, physical exercises and "less efficient" motions inspired by dance. The result could be improved more, though.

 

Design virtual motion

with a motion designer


I designed the first animation movies on my own, but as it started to be more complex, I wanted to collaborate with an expert and learn from his experience and opinion.

Design the light

with a light engineer

 

I met a light engineer to make sure the project was possible. We discussed different light possibilities (type, colours, energy, installation, etc.) and he advised me the best videoprojector to use. I then drew a composite drawing, just to show how it could be easily integrated into the city.

 

Design the visual experience

with a graphic designer 

 

I've also been strongly advised and influenced by a graphic designer. I first started by rethinking physical exercise instruction manual from fitness trails. The project finally became an instructional app, then a light and he helped me to develop a coherent visual experience.

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