Kung Fu Visualization

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.

Exhibition Record
2016/09/02 - 09/30
300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China
2016/10/28 - 2017/02/28
300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu, Academic 3, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
2017/02/03 - 02/28
Kung Fu Motion, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia
2017/12/02 - 2018/06/03
Minding the Digital, Design Society, Shenzhen, China
2018/04/27 - 08/12
Kung Fu Motion, ArtLab, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland