Panel: Motion Capture and Dance: what it can do, what it can’t do, and what it should never attempt
This paper speaks about how motion capture analysis translates into performance events, and specifically the impact on the viewer; what choices do artists make in terms of composition/environment/duration and how does motor action and embodied human experience communicate through motion capture visualisations? What does the viewer experience and what are the critical frameworks that the artist/viewer/scholar draws on to describe and document the work?
- Sarah Whatley is Professor of Dance at Coventry University (UK). As a researcher and dance artist, her research specialises in the interface between dance and new technologies, dance analysis, somatic dance practice and pedagogy, and inclusive dance. She is working on several AHRC-funded projects: she led the the Siobhan Davies archive project and is now working on the Digital Dance Archives project and is part of the Screendance network. She is hosting Ruth Gibson, AHRC Creative Fellow, researching motion capture and Skinner Releasing Technique for immersive environments and is a member of the International Education Workgroup for The Forsythe Company’s Motion Bank project. She edits the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Screendance. siobhandaviesreplay.com