Documentation, Featured, Progetti/Projects, Trasformatorio 2013

Epi::Akten light (motion tracking studies)

By Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN, Anthoni Rijekoff and Federica Dauri

We used a combination of technologies to create a flexible and transportable low-impact energy motion tracking system. Through the ASUS Xtion PRO LIVE interface we can determine the skeleton joint position in a 2d space. We used network communication to transfer the bodily information to a second computer for sound design, which used pre-recorded sound of Montealbano village in a concatenative synthesis fashion. This added the sense of location-specific to the raw technology.

All elements run on solar energy and have an autonomy of several hours with a completely charged car battery. The dancer was inspired by the metaphors of body giving/body receiving in her actions and could construct cialis sample pack autonomously several improvisations which were always very creative and different. The aesthetic imposed by the developed technology revolves around the concept of synchronicity of machine-human // action-reaction. Mostly the dancer decides when to trigger sound events but sometimes the unexpected sound trigger the creativity of the dancer which adds a random creative element in the aesthetic discourse.

We feel all these experimentations have big potential and will be further explored in the context of a future performance.

Thanks to STEIM/Marije Baalman for the SenseStage microcontroller boards and Insolaria/Daniele Pisasale for the solar energy system.

You can find other videos of Federica and Alberto’s improvisations in the darke version here.

Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN, scientist, sound designer,composer, audio-visual artists.