Notions of Motion Captured performance infer the existence of an interface that combines performer with system, separating (or intervening in) the space between performance and the screen. It is precisely the effect and provided opportunity of the intermediary device on the practice, craft and preparedness of the actor as they navigate the connection between 3D screen space and the physical properties of the studio that is examined here. Defining the scope of current practice for the contemporary actor is a key construct of this challenge, with the most appropriate definition revolving around the provision of a required mixture of performance and content for live, mediated, framed and variously captured formats. One of these particular formats is Performance Capture. This video article articulates two exercises that have been developed to respond to the need for preparedness in this growing field. The first is called Walking Through (Delbridge 2013), where the actor navigates a series of objects that exist in screen space through a developed sense of the existing physical particularities of the studio and an interaction with a screen (or feedback loop). The second exercise is called The Donut (Delbridge 20103), where the performer continues to navigate screen space but this time does so through the literal stepping through of a Torus in the virtual – again with nothing but the studio infrastructure and the screen as a guide. The exercises presented here are two from a series, developed over a three year study that contribute to our understanding of the potential for a training regimen to be developed for the rigors of Performance Capture.
Matt Delbridge is a Motion Capture Researcher based in the Drama Department at the Queensland University of Technology. He holds degrees from Deakin and Melbourne Universities and has worked extensively throughout Australia and overseas on major international festivals as a scenographer and technical director with artists Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Jonzi D, Barry Kosky, Michael Kantor, Peter Corrigan, Laurence Strangio, Rosalind Crisp and Natalie Cursio. Most recently Matt has collaborated with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver on RUFF (PS122 New York), the Nat Cursio Dance Company, on the The Album Project Re-Loaded and the UK National Tour of Jonzi D's Markus the Sadist. His installations have been featured at the Daejeon Choreographic Festival (Korea), the Sampled festival Sadlers Wells (UK) and the Leeds Metro Art Gallery (UK).
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