Motion Data Generative Design

Unnamed Soundsculpture for Onformative

This project by Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer for Onformative, a studio for generative design, is of a moving sculpture recorded from the motion data of a real person. 

Similar to painting, a single point appears to be still very abstract, but the
more points that are connected to each other, the more complex and concrete
an image becomes. The closer together the element points become, the more perfect, complex and tangible the alternative world they create becomes. A digital body, consisting of 22,000 points, thus seems so real that it comes to life again.

The basic idea of this project, called Unnamed Sound Sculpture, was built upon the consideration of creating a moving sound sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For their work, Onformative asked Laura Keil, a berlin based dancer to interpret a musical piece (Kreukeltape by Machinefabriek) as closely as possible with the movement of her own body. She moves to a noise field, where a simple modification can consistently create new versions of the video, each offering a different composition of the recorded performance.Recorded by three depth cameras (Kinect), the collected data was later put together into a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud).  The multi-dimensionality of the sound sculpture is already contained in every movement of the dancer, as the camera footage allows any imaginable perspective.

Using 3 different microsoft kinect cameras the movement of the dancer was recorded into those 3d pointclouds that were synced and exported as one large dataset as Krakatoa particle files to be loaded into 3ds max for further rendering and creation of the 3d scene including the camera movement that is controlled by the audio as well.

The complex dynamics of the body movements is also strongly self-referential. With the complex quasi-static, inconsistent forms of the body, a new reality space emerges whose simulated aesthetics goes far beyond numerical codes.Only the body movements create a reference to the otherwise invisible space, much like the dots bounce on the ground to give it a physical dimension. Thus, the sound-dance constellation in the video does not only simulate a purely virtual space.


produced by:
Music: Machinefabriek “Kreukeltape”


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