“FIVE” is an intermedia performance where five dancers represent the five elements of vogue femme. As each dancer takes the floor, the musicians improvise over an interactive soundtrack, building to a beautifully-structured crescendo of sound and movement.
 
 
 

YEAR:  2015 – present

CLIENT:  Rashaad Newsome (Multidisciplinary Artist)

CATEGORY:  Motion Tracking, Intermedia Performance, 3D Animation, Creative Coding, Generative Art

TOOLS:  Kinect, Max/Msp, JavaScript, Python, Blender, Cinema 4D, After Effects

ROLE:  Creative Technologist – Programming with Kinect to transfer the motion cptured gestural data into 3D sculptures. 

 

 

 

Image from: eyebeam.org

Image from: eyebeam.org

Running Python script in Blender to construct the 3D model from the captured data

Running Python script in Blender to construct the 3D model from the captured data

 

 

This project is based on artist Rashaad Newsome’s intermedia performance, “FIVE”. I was asked by the artist to develop an approach to record the gestural data that was captured during the performance and then transfer it to 3d models. Each model represents the movement trace of a certain part of the dancer’s body(e.g., hand and foot).

Motion tracking and data collection were done with Kinect + Max/Msp + JavaScript. The data was then imported into Blender and processed with Python scripts to create the corresponding 3D model. The final rendering was completed with Cinema 4D and After Effects.

 

 

 

 

FIVE performance in NOLA – January 2017