Misplaced Euphoria: Developing Kinesthetic Empathy Through Interactive Performance

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  • Misplaced Euphoria: Developing Kinesthetic Empathy Through Interactive Performance

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  • Misplaced Euphoria is an interactive performance that consists of expressive movement, expressive gesture recognition, and interactive visualization that aims to develop empathy for people with bipolar disorder. This project explored the characteristics of those with bipolar disorder through the mediums of dance and interactive visualization driven by expressive gesture recognition. To develop an interactive performance, we conducted an interview with a person to gather information. We used the insights collected from the interview processes as a base for our creative process. To convey the inner state of the dancer to the audience, 6-DOF acceleration sensors, attached to the dancers arms, were used to capture her movement. We then used the Support Vector Machine (SVM) to parameterize the dancers expression, and the results were visualized through the Rutt-Etra algorithm on a real-time basis.

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  • NCSA and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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