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A Concept Dance Performance Incorporating a Plane of 640 Motorized LED Spheres

A Concept Dance Performance Incorporating a Plane of 640 Motorized LED Spheres

September 11, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

2047 Apologue is a concept performance by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the director of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The video is a teaser for the final part of the show titled the Weaving Machine, one of eight acts that combine traditional Chinese craft, music, or dance with modern technology such as lasers, robots, and drones. The combination of ancient and modern technology aims to comment on how much the later has taken over life in the 21st century. More



Dance Photography

Glow: A Dancer Filmed in Front of a Glow-In-The-Dark Backdrop

Glow: A Dancer Filmed in Front of a Glow-In-The-Dark Backdrop

Jun.13.17

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Christopher

Toronto-based filmmaker Jonah Haber recently premiered a new experimental short film titled Glow featuring dancer Niamh Wilson shot against a giant glow-in-the-dark backdrop. As Wilson moves through the piece a strobe illuminates her silhouette leaving a trail of shadowy figures against the background. More



Animation Dance

Makin’ Moves: A Wild Animated Dance Short by Kouhei Nakama

Makin’ Moves: A Wild Animated Dance Short by Kouhei Nakama

May.23.17

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Christopher

How fun is this? TOO FUN. Behold the latest video from art director Kouhei Nakama who uses a variety of generative and particle-based animation techniques to bring 3D figures to life in this motion graphics short aptly titled MAKIN’ MOVES. We marveled last year at another video by Nakama, Cycles. Music by Broke For Free. More



Animation Art Dance

A New Dancing Light Sculpture by Akinori Goto

A New Dancing Light Sculpture by Akinori Goto

Nov.29.16

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Christopher

Media artist Akinori Goto (previously) just shared another version of his kinetic light sculpture depicting a series of animated dancing figures. The framework of the sculpture is 3D printed from data of silhouettes traced from an actual dancer, creating a sort of modern-day rotoscoping effect. When illuminated with a bright light, a cross-section of the sculpture is revealed. Goto hopes to soon obtain a patent for the device. (via Prosthetic Knowledge) More



Animation Dance

Cycle: A Trippy Experimental Animation About the Human Form by Kouhei Nakama

Cycle: A Trippy Experimental Animation About the Human Form by Kouhei Nakama

Aug.1.16

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Christopher

Cycle is a new animation from art director Kouhei Nakama that uses a wide range of physics-based particle animations to explore the human form. We’ve seen a number of similar short films in recent weeks including the AICP award video and Asphyxia, both of which also used motion capture techniques. If you liked this, see Nakama’s prequel of sorts titled Diffusion. Music by Kai Engel. More



Animation Dance

OSSA: The Unwilling Dance Performance of a Deconstructed Puppet

OSSA: The Unwilling Dance Performance of a Deconstructed Puppet

Jul.14.16

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Christopher

OSSA is the latest stop motion short from director Dario Imbrogno who turns the bare essentials of an animation puppet into a striking dance performance. Much of the animation process itself including cameras, lighting, and even the hands of the animator are incorporated into the film, creating an unsettling vibe, as if the subject is being forced to perform against her will. If you haven’t seen Imbrogno’s film featuring creepy paper creatures, it’s also worth a watch. More



Animation Dance

An In-Your-Face Motion Capture Dance Performance Amidst a Flurry of Feathers, Fur, and Particles

An In-Your-Face Motion Capture Dance Performance Amidst a Flurry of Feathers, Fur, and Particles

Jun.10.16

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Christopher

This three minute dance performance was created by Method Studios for this year’s AICP Awards as a way to promote different sponsors. Each sponsor is imagined briefly as a dancing avatar rendered with the help of motion capture, procedural animation and dynamic simulations. The wild costumes seem to draw inspiration from artists like Nick Cave, Wrecking Crew Orchestra, and even Kohei Nawa. To be sure, there’s a lot going on here, but all of it adds up to something pretty amazing, a killer dance performance that merges cutting edge animation techniques. More



Animation Art Dance

The Physics of Kung Fu Brought to Life Through Motion Capture Visualizations

The Physics of Kung Fu Brought to Life Through Motion Capture Visualizations

May.2.16

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Christopher

We’ve all seen exaggerated depictions of kung fu in movies or maybe a demonstration by a practitioner in real life, but German digital artist Tobias Gremmler decided to portray the Chinese martial art in an entirely new light through the use of motion capture. By capturing the motion of different sequences Gremmler is able to distill the data into these animated sculptures, effectively turning movement into structure and volume. The motion of limbs is turned into a complex moving scaffold or interpreted as dramatic bursts of particles, the visuals used to seemingly isolate the physics of kung fu. More



Animation Art Dance

A Gorgeous Rotoscoped Music Video Created from 1,200 Hand-Painted Frames

A Gorgeous Rotoscoped Music Video Created from 1,200 Hand-Painted Frames

Mar.14.16

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Christopher

This new music video for composer Ralf Hildenbeutel's track Disco was created from over 1,200 individually hand-painted frames. Directed by Boris Seewald, the clip uses an animation technique called rotoscoping to turn the real-life movements of dancers Althea Corlett and Simone Schmidt into a series of drawings and paintings to make each scene. Despite the wild variety of mediums and techniques used in the hundreds of sketches, the frame to frame continuity almost serves to enhance and accentuate the motions of the dancers. More



Dance

The Movement of Air: A New Dance Performance Incorporating Interactive Digital Projection from Adrien M & Claire B

The Movement of Air: A New Dance Performance Incorporating Interactive Digital Projection from Adrien M & Claire B

Nov.11.15

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Christopher

Artist duo Adrien M & Claire B have lifted the curtain on their latest acrobatic dance performance utilizing digital projection titled The Movement of Air. Seen in this video is a handful of moments taken from an hour-long piece performed in France last month by a trio dancers. Unlike more common uses of digital project mapping where a recorded animation or scene is projected in a space, Adrien M & Claire B instead utilize fully interactive “scenes” that respond to human interaction. More



Crafts Dance

Transport a Miniature Garden by Bike or Necklace with Colleen Jordan’s 3D Printed Planters

Transport a Miniature Garden by Bike or Necklace with Colleen Jordan’s 3D Printed Planters

Apr.9.15

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Kate

Colleen Jordan’s Easter egg-hued vases are the perfect springtime accessory. Built in miniature, her creations are sized to carry small succulents or pocket-sized flower arrangements on one’s neckline, lapel, finger, or bicycle handle. The Atlanta-based designer and artist recently made Wearable Planter her full time gig, and each piece is influenced by the many places she has lived—including Sweden, Hawaii, and South Carolina. Jordan explains that through her business she strives to “create things to make life more pleasant.”
Each planter is 3D printed out of nylon and dyed individually. More

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