Asphyxia: Dance + Technology

 

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http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/03/asphyxia-a-striking-fusion-of-dance-and-motion-capture-technology/

“asphyxia” video

This project is a collaborative effort created by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips. This experimental film explores the combination of technology and human movement. One element that was very important in putting together this piece together was the process in developing the equipment to animate the dancer. “The team used two inexpensive Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka and then rendered the data inside a near photo-realistic environment.”

The animation style also compliments the series of movements and the story the body is trying to tell. The figure may look busy at times but the dancer’s simple choreography makes it easy to make out each pose. Although this project was developed with limited resources, Asphyxia still ended up becoming a beautiful piece of artwork.

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