Contours in Motion

Van Opdenbosch, Paul (2013) Contours in Motion. [Film/Video]

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My practice-led research explores and maps workflows for generating experimental creative work involving inertia based motion capture technology. Motion capture has often been used as a way to bridge animation and dance resulting in abstracted visuals outcomes. In early works this process was largely done by rotoscoping, reference footage and mechanical forms of motion capture. With the evolution of technology, optical and inertial forms of motion capture are now more accessible and able to accurately capture a larger range of complex movements.

The creative work titled “Contours in Motion” was the first in a series of studies on captured motion data used to generating experimental visual forms that reverberate in space and time. With the source or ‘seed’ comes from using an Xsens MVN - Inertial Motion Capture system to capture spontaneous dance movements, with the visual generation conducted through a customised dynamics simulation.

The aim of the creative work was to diverge way from a standard practice of using particle system and/or a simple re-targeting of the motion data to drive a 3d character as a means to produce abstracted visual forms. To facilitate this divergence a virtual dynamic object was tether to a selection of data points from a captured performance. The proprieties of the dynamic object were then adjusted to balance the influences from the human movement data with the influence of computer based randomization. The resulting outcome was a visual form that surpassed simple data visualization to project the intent of the performer’s movements into a visual shape itself.

The reported outcomes from this investigation have contributed to a larger study on the use of motion capture in the generative arts, furthering the understanding of and generating theories on practice.

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ID Code: 68734
Item Type: Creative Work (Film/Video)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Performer and Choreographer
  • Elise May
  • Jack Forster
Funders: Self
Material: Digital Animation
Measurements or Duration: 4:17 mins
Number of Pieces: 3
Published Source:
Publisher: Vimeo
Location: From date: To date:
Melbourne Fringe Festival: Digital Creatures, Little Creatures Dining Hall, 222 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 2013-09-18 2013-10-06
SUPASCREEN at Metro Arts, Brisbane QLD, part of Positive Feedback Loop: Conference for Expanded and Experimental Screen Works 2013-11-22 2013-11-24
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Keywords: Motion Capture, Generative Art, Practice, Animation, visual effects
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Paul Van Opdenbosch
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2014 01:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2014 03:18

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