Micro Mocap

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Session Title:

  • Motion Capture and Dance: what it can do, what it can’t do, and what it should never attempt

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  • Micro Mocap

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  • Panel: Motion Capture and Dance: what it can do, what it can’t do, and what it should never attempt

    How have things changed? Mo­tion cap­ture per­for­mances used to be equip­ment heavy and fraught with cal­i­bra­tion prob­lems. Mocap was a do­main for priv­i­leged dancer-re­searchers with skilled col­lab­o­ra­tors. The Kinect has changed the ac­cess, cost, and cul­ture of mo­tion cap­ture. My con­tri­bu­tion to this panel will con­sider what hap­pens when mocap be­comes (more) ubiq­ui­tous. Can it con­verge with DIY or ‘Make’ cul­ture? I’ll re­flect upon some of the philo­soph­i­cal ideas I used in con­sid­er­ing mo­tion cap­ture per­for­mances using more elab­o­rate or high end sys­tems (in Closer MITP 2007) and see whether these are still rel­e­vant in the new mocap cli­mate. I’ll also briefly dis­cuss ‘Mi­cro-Mo­cap’: an ex­per­i­ment in ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a per­sonal vo­cab­u­lary of ‘noth­ing move­ments,’ or lit­tle ki­naes­thetic snip­pets, ask­ing if it is like a DIY ‘Mo­tion Bank’ with­out per­for­ma­tive as­pi­ra­tions.  But can mo­tion, once it is cap­tured, re­ally be non-per­for­ma­tive?

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