Hedwig and an Angry Inch
Team: Eva Chen, Kai Hung, Ella Chung
Set Design, Projection Mapping, Interaction Design
Developer tools: Isadora, MadMapper
Designer tools: Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp
This is a Set Design proposal and Projection Mapping Design for a Broadway Musical -- Hedwig and an Angry Inch.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical, the musical follows Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock and roll band. The story draws on Mitchell's life as the son of a U.S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin.
How do we understand Hedwig/
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about finding self-completeness through loss.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about finding self-completeness through pursuing love in a lost journey.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about a genderqueer East Berlin rock singer, who failed in the sex-change surgery and chase after three different painful relationships to define herself. After repeatedly lost of love and herself, she comes closer to herself and more accepts her incompleteness.
The Original Hedwig Visual Design/
Keywords: Flashy, Colorful, Energetic
Wong Ping's Art Work/
Wong Ping, a Hong Kong-based animation artist, is known for his flashing, pop-like imagery; visual and auditory narrations that explicitly touch upon sex, politics and social relations.
As Hedwig and an Angry Inch is staged on a 'Wasted set of an unsuccessful Broadway show', our set design should be based on an existing setting environment.
We choose the Scene of ruined Vegas from Blade Runner 2049 to be our fictional environment for the large separate body parts can be an exact metaphor for Hedwig's loss.
The Ruin of Vegas Scene, Blade Runner 2049
I built the 1:1 model of the Belasco Theater in SketchUp. And designed the set based on the idea of the big, separated body parts.
And built two versions of the 1:25 white model box to test the projection mapping.
In the first version of the model box, the body parts and broken mirrors are more separated to represent the mental tear-apart situation of Hedwig.
In the second version, the body part sculpture was made bigger and more organized to achieve a better stage and projection mapping effect.
Projection Mapping Design/
We did several rendering tests on the model, to finalize and settle a solid art style.
The projection mapping and the interaction with music and beats were created in Isadora.
The computer testing
White model testing
Full live performance video.