Protest – Version 2.0, 2015 from heidi kumao on Vimeo.

Images from Barcelona (CCCB) exhibit, “Human + The Future of Our Species”, Oct. 2015-April 2016.
The new version now has two activated, motorized legs instead of one.

Viewer tries to activate the girl's legs by moving her own.

Viewer tries to activate the girl’s legs by moving her own.
























Protest, version 1.0

“Protest” version 1.0 (one leg can stomp)





  • Kinetic sculpture
  • Mechanical girl's legs

Portrait of a Girl: A motorized pair of girl's legs stands on top of a table and makes her presence known through loud and erratic stomping, tapping, and shaking/shivering (she's wearing tap shoes) on a glass-topped table. The piece uses a proximity sensor and performs different behaviors depending on the distance the viewer stands from the pieces. The closer the audience gets to the piece, the more aggressive her actions become.

Alternating between aggressive, attention-getting tantrums, fake stomps and steps, and seemingly uncontrolled shaking and jerking, this girl provides the emotional temperature of the room through her small actions.

Aluminum girl's legs, shoes, glass-topped table, motors, custom electronics, proximity sensor.

This piece is one of three sets of girls' legs that are all part of "Misbehaving: Media Machines Act Out," a project supported by the Creative Capital Foundation.

Read more about this Kinetic Sculpture Series →