Chair Person: Kim Vincs Presenters: John McCormick, Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli, Sarah Whatley & Susan Kozel
Motion capture analysis offers dance new possibilities for re-conceptualizing movement in ways that are not intuitive, and not based on the traditions and ingrained movement grammars of specific dance genres and styles. Looking at dance as motion capture data can provoke a more radical deconstruction of existing movement discourses than is otherwise possible given the deep corporeal inscriptions embedded in dancers’ and choreographers’ bodies. The flip side is that the vast volume and detail of data motion capture generates means that the possible mappings and organizational paradigms multiply exponentially. Deciding what to highlight and what to value, and what to consider ‘noise’ and ignore, is a critical part of motion capture analysis. This inescapable reductionism is also, however, the antithesis of artistic method, which values the whole, the accidental, the inclusive. Analysis forces choices based on value judgments, which have the potential to distort and close down, as much as open up and explore, dance research. The panel will use a round-table format to address:
- What aesthetic and cultural choices are embedded in motion capture analysis?
- What are the benefits and pitfalls of using motion capture to analyse and create dance?
- What examples are there of translating motion capture analysis into new choreographic works?
- How can motion capture analysis inform live interactive performance?
- Kim Vincs is Associate Professor of Dance and Motion Capture at Deakin University (AU), and Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab motion capture studio and research centre. She is a choreographer, interactive artist and researcher specializing in developing new ways of investigating and creating dance using digital technology. Her collaborations integrate scientific and artistic approaches. She is currently working on ‘Capturing Dance: using motion capture to enhance the creation of innovative Australian dance’, a three year project, supported by the Australian Research Council’s Discovery program (DP0987101), which aims to identify choreographic movement signatures using motion capture, in collaboration with Mathematician Vicky Mak-Hau (Deakin University) and Biomechanist Richard Smith (University of Sydney). She also collaborates with cognitive psychologists Kate Stevens (MARCS Auditory Laboratory, University of Western Sydney) and Emery Schubert (University of New South Wales) investigating choreographic structures and audience response. Her choreography focusses on using motion capture and 3D stereo projection to enhance the spatial impact of dance performance. Works include ‘The Silk Road Project’ in 2007 with Matthew Delbridge, QUT, ‘Aura’, 2009 with interactive artist John McCormick, and ‘Choreotopography’ in December 2010, in collaboration with John McCormick, Daniel Skovli, Peter Divers, Rob Vincs, Deakin University’s Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention and the Melbourne Ballet Company.