This abstract dance work called ‘Unnamed Soundsculpture’ was made by German companies onformative and chopchop. It is quite beautiful, a fusion of dance and technology. They asked a dancer to physically interpret a song and recorded her movements on three Kinect cameras. The three Kinect perspectives were then spliced together to create a moving sculpture from captured motion data. Here’s what they have to say about it:
The three-dimensional image allowed us a completely free handling of the digital camera, without limitations of the perspective. The camera also reacts to the sound and supports the physical imitation of the musical piece by the performer. She moves to a noise field, where a simple modification of the random seed can consistently create new versions of the video, each offering a different composition of the recorded performance. The multi-dimensionality of the sound sculpture is already contained in every movement of the dancer, as the camera footage allows any imaginable perspective.
Similar to painting, a single point appears to be still very abstract, but the more points are connected to each other, the more complex and concrete the image seems. The more perfect and complex the “alternative worlds” we project (Vilém Flusser) and the closer together their point elements, the more tangible they become. A digital body, consisting of 22 000 points, thus seems so real that it comes to life again.
If you’re interested in seeing the process they kindly filmed it and the video is below