Beth Warshafsky: AnthroDance




 
  • ©2004, Beth Warshafsky, AnthroDance

Artist(s):


Title:


AnthroDance

Exhibition:


SIGGRAPH 2004: Synaesthesia

Creation Year:


2004

Medium:


Experimental Animation

Size:


Length 3:00

Category:


Animation & Video

Artist Statement:


An exploration of human motion through dance and technology. A series of dances is translated (through motion-capture sensors) into data in a digital 30 environment. The data are then re-interpreted through an aesthetic process via 20 and 30 animation processing and editing. The process is a fusion of a istic and technological sensibilities.

In “AnthroOance,” motion provides both an armature of expression and a source of data from which to draw new relationships in animation. The 30 environment opens choreographic possibilities among dancer, camera, space, and time.

Bringing the data into the (physical) confines of the computer expands the (ephemeral) possibilities for interpreting movement. This allows the work to develop beyond what would be possible in the physical world.

Across the forms, the dancer’s original motion forcefully transcends the limitations of digital media, allowing technology to enhance, rather than override, the physical experience. The end result, translated and reinterpreted through digital media, is a sensory fusion of human motion, technology, and music.

The body and the computer are equally essential to the project – in the absence of either, it would cease to exist.

Technical Information:


Producers: Beth Warshafsky, Ellen Scott

Sound: Gerry Heminway