This year we have the Olympics and with that a number of artists have been asked to make work around the event and the sport itself – remember the rainbow lasers from last week?
One of the commissioned works is a piece of work by digital interpreter Quayola and visual artist Memo Akten who have teamed up with Nexus Interactive Arts to produce an interactive animation and installation in Bradford.
The work is called Forms and is part of the ‘In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement’ exhibition at the National Media Museum, which seeks to ‘capture and synthesis of movement.’ To that end Quayola and Akten took images and artifacts from the museum’s National Collections — including the work of motion capture pioneers like Muybridge — and generated abstract animations from the athletes’ motion using 3D Studio Max and custom software.
The results are extraordinary – a study of the relationship between the human body and movement at the extreme end of physical exertion. It is beautiful. You can see an excerpt of their installation below
These abstract analyses will be shown on a large projection screen with a smaller split screen on a plinth in front which will show the footage on which the animation is based along with the individual layers that build up the piece. It will give viewers the option to “digitally peel” back the footage.
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