Project Module “Sketch it” – 3rd. Semester, Media Art and Design (M.F.A.)
Under the advice of Prof. Dr. Walter Bauer-Wabnegg and lecturer Fabian Giessler.
Bauhaus Universität – Weimar, Germany.
WS 2014/15

  • S P A C E is the conception and mixture of design techniques with scientific concepts.
  • It presents a performance piece with animation and videos combining live music and dance over a paper screen.
  • Animation techniques: digital painting, rotoscopy.
  • Software: Adobe After Effects, Premier, TV Paint,


Conception, choreography and animation:
Melissa Palacio López

Live sound and composition:
noise canteen // pleines & liebold

Short description

The project is based on three conceptions of space.

Gilles Deleuze and territory. The body is creating and influencing its own space dancing with a black line which delimits and expands the movement. This animal/human is all those bodies that create a vector to go out of their own territory to found a new territory. In this vector there is something that doesn’t change, aspects of our lives that we preserve since they are the immutable of a human being.
The ideas of Leibniz take place when the body breaks the personal territory. The images will run into new architectures to fall into an indefinite place, where the conceptions of Einstein are considered. The animation is related with geometries of geodesic forms and grids, inspiring the last dance with the curvature of spacetime influenced by gravitational fields. The body expands in infinite parts and constitute itself the spacetime.




The concept of space is one of the most mysterious and deep notion that fascinates me. As it is a vast notion to analyze, I decided to delimit the area of study and consider it from three different points of view thanks to the conceptions of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, the philosopher and scientist Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz and the physicist Albert Einstein.

Each of them presents a perception of the concept space and I connect these three through a complete narrative as the conceptual background for the projects.

To resume, Deleuze considers that every animal has a world, a territory. And he relates the construction of a territory with the beginning of Art, since it implies a language of postures, colors and to define a field. “The territory is the property of the animal and go out of it is venture. There is no way out of a territory without an effort for finding a new territory”
(This ideas are expressed in the work named “Gilles Deleuze from A to Z” when he defines the letter “A” of Animal)1

The second point of view is related with Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz and his concept of “Relational Space”. In the S. XVIII Leibniz discussed against the concept of space given by Isaac Newton, who defined it as an absolute concept with homogeneous and ontological nature, it means that the space exists by default regardless the presence of objects or entities into it. It is the scenario where the movement occurs.

However, Leibniz affirmed that space is a concept which could be used according the relationship between the bodies and its order of coexistence, defining it in association with time: “Space and time are not so much things in which bodies are located and move as systems of relations holding between things”3.

Since the relationships between bodies are necessarily variable, space and time are considered an idealization or abstraction of these relationships, they are themselves ideal systems of relationships, that is to say, they are fixed and determinate, considered infinite and are “beings of reason”, a concept that we can use due the order of bodies. 3

The third point of view is related to Albert Einstein conception of space and time. He asked himself: “How the world would like if you travel in a wave of light?”; his imagination and the previous works of the physicists George F. FitzGerald and Hendrik A. Lorentz guided him to present the principle of relativity, in which “laws of physics must be the same for all uniformly moving observers, regardless of their state of relative motion. For this to be true, space and time can no longer be independent. Rather, they are “converted” into each other in such a way as to keep the speed of light constant for all observers”.3

Space and time are interwoven as a single continuum named spacetime and it is not conceived as a plane but as a warped non euclidian geometry (named geodesic) influenced by surrounding masses and energy, that is to say, by the strength of gravitational fields.