The treachery of sanctuary

Directed by chris milk for the creators project



The Treachery of Sanctuary is a large-scale interactive triptych: a story of birth, death, and transfiguration that uses projections of the participants’ own bodies to unlock a new artistic language.

The work consists of three 30-foot high white panel frames suspended from the ceiling on which digitally captured shadows are reprojected. A shallow reflecting pool sits between the viewers and the screens. In the background, an open Frameworks application utilizes the Microsoft Kinect SDK for Windows. This talks to a front end running Unity3D in which articulated 3D models of birds interact with the shadows captured by three hidden Kinects.

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 2012
CENTQUATRE, Paris, 2012
Moinho, São Paulo, 2012
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012
Dongdaemun Design Center, Seoul, 2012
Barbican Centre, London, 2014
Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, 2014Barbican Centre, London, 2014
Zorlu Performing Arts Center, Istanbul, 2015
Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, 2016
Sundance Film Festival, Utah, 2016


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