Virtual Dancer uses cutting-edge technology as a tool for self-expression and co-creation. Through both choreographed and open stage performances, the wearer of a motion tracking suit will transform their body and movement into an audiovisual experience.
Virtual Dancer is built around a motion capture suit tracking the users movement while recreating a digital avatar. As we receive spatial positioning of each joint we are able to transcend the physical form of the body and move into an imaginative playground free-for-all.
Digital technology has allowed us to co-exist without physical proximity, and also to decide how we want to be identified. What happens when we invite dancers, masters of their body and physical self-expression, and provide them with the possibility to change everything. In the digital world they can change the colour of their skin, their gender, their size - they can modify the laws of physics, act as their own audience, and even become a different species. Can we at this point even tell if it's a real person or an artificial intelligence that through machine learning has understood a performers movements?
We will create an performance and system that translates the dancers movement into an audiovisual experience, and play with the contrast of a tiny studio space versus an infinite digital realm. We are active researchers while being content creators and invite the audience for a collective sneak peak into the future. Visitors will be able to see the virtual dancer in either Virtual Reality helmets, large-scale projections or via monitors - depending on what equipment we find and space we can use at the venue.
For added information below you can find some references that have a direct impact on this project:
- The talented Keijiro has already created a base system which we will use as a springboard, look here for reference: https://vimeo.com/197396746
- The motion capture suit is ROKOKO's SmartSuit Pro and can be seen here: https://www.datocms-assets.com/814/1527577883-rkk-mashup-for-rokoko-com-1080px-onwebsite.mp4?lossless=true and here: https://www.rokoko.com/en/smartsuit-pro
We are a team of digital designer, technical directors, visual artists and interaction explorers with several years of experience creating both small and large multimedia experiences.
Jonas Johansson is an anywhere based artist innovating art + technology through → light, environment and (non)human intervention. He currently works as a lecturer at Beckmans college of design and has taught experience design at Hyper Island for the past 4 years. He is part of lighting collective Svartljus, co-organiser of the Nordic Audiovisual Artists community and his personal work is often related to the connect and disconnect between the material and immaterial.
Design, planning, direction
Development of visual system in Unity
Development of interactive sound system in Unity
Motion capture suit
Motion capture suit extra textile (other size)
If you want to perform with the suit please get in touch. If you have great ideas on interactive lighting, projection solutions or sound setup that is also welcome.
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