2016 Hong Kong, China
Collaborator: Jeffrey Shaw
Production: ALiVE/ACIM, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Motion capture (MOCAP) is a vitally important technique to digitally record, analyse and archive the intricate dynamics of kung fu performances. The Re-ACTOR installation by Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw shows these motion-captures in 3D from six different points of view. It provides a panoptic virtual reality environment within which the kung fu master’s performances are re-enacted and re-envisioned. Each of its six viewpoints has an interactive control panel that allows visitors to select six different visualization styles that elucidate the underlying dynamics of the movements.
In a further video work by Tobias Gremmler, motion graphics is used to provide an artistic interpretation of these motion-captured recordings of Hakka kung fu masters, providing new insight and beauty to their movements.