Sculptural Motion Gallery Installation

April 18, 2011
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Sculptural Motion,  Movement Sculpture Installation

This work uses a custom algorithm with motion capture technology to
render the performative arts into static sculptural forms in order to
create an aesthetic that focuses on the path of motion instead of on the
subjects’ figure. This research is presented as a multimedia installation
comprised of three sculptures with video support.

FYI: Checkout this link to see the gallery opening in downtown Chicago: National BFA Competition

The Gallery Installation is officially open. Friday, April 15th, 2011 the gallery opened up, only a few hours after the T.V. was mounted on the wall. I had many compliments on the presentation and installation. I think the video support changed many views of the work and really helped make a connection for people. The people who I think enjoyed it the most were martial artists and dancers, which I am happy with. The sculptures are sandblasted bronze which gives them a more contemporary and raw feeling. Due to the sandblasting the light reflects very well into the sculptures. The video support in the back goes through the motions and shows how they are created, allowing the audience to contemplate more on different motions that could be put through the same system and how they would look.
The use of motion capture and scripting language brought an interesting appeal to the work. Although some of the appeal was the talking dog syndrome, the combination used brought the audience more in-depth. The feedback from friends in South Korea was much more about the impressive nature of using mathematical calculations for a consistency among sculptures. This, I believe, touches the heart of my thesis. By having a unifying rule for all movements, the idea of what performative movements are beautiful and what is sculpturally beautiful can be defined. I also believe this separates my work from the many other people working with motion capture and art. I elaborate more in my thesis but can summarize here. Marey and Muybridge both worked with long exposure photography. The resulting work had influenced many artists along the way including Marcel Duchamp and Peter Jansen. From the Bird in Flight to the Man Descending the Staircase, artists have re-interpreted the idea of capturing time and movement and have translated it into the newest technical form. My work has separated from this trend and uses the same technology for a very specific way: creating sculptures out of movement, not figure.

Sculpture of Ballet through Motion Capture

This sculpture is a tracking of the hands from dancer Susie Thiel
Human Movement Sculpture from long exposure 3d motion capture

Tracking of the feet from myself doing a split kick.

Long exposure human motion sculpture

This is the tracking of the feet for a turning roundhouse kick by Jorge Renato Pena.
As not everyone can see the installation I have made a video that consists of the same video from the installation as well as the 3d renderings of the sculptures and a pan view of the installation.

This work used resources at the University of Michigan such as:
UM3DLAB, School of Architecture, School of Art and Design

1 comment

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    Really amazing works ! I love it 😉 Keep on good art !

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