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Kinect cameras turn a dancer’s 22,000 points into digital art

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Digital artists use Microsoft’s Kinect to create digital art by filming a professional dancer with three Kinect cameras tracking 22,000 points of movement.

The Kinect camera has proven itself beyond the realm of gaming. The original model has found its way into hospitals, gyms, and now even an art studio, where three of them were used to create a piece of digital art combining sound and movement into moving sculpture.

Digital artists Daniel Franke and Cedric Kiefer have released their creation, which they call an “unnamed sound” sculpture. The clip was actually released in 2012 and posted by The Verge, but it is still an amazing piece of art.

The video was created using three Kinect cameras (the original Kinect cameras) situated in a triangle around professional dancer, Laura Keli. The cameras then tracked her body movement by assigning 22,000 reference points to her, and recording them from multiple angles. The result is a figure that appears to be made of sand, collapsing and reforming as new moves are recorded.

“[Keli] was recorded by three depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the images was later put together to a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud), so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process,” Franke wrote in a press release.

Sound was also a major factor, and the dance was filmed as Machinefabriek’s “Kreukeltape” played.

“The camera also reacts to the sound and supports the physical imitation of the musical piece by the performer,” Franke said. “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.”

It would be interesting to see what the pair could do using the new, more advanced Kinect cameras. Technical descriptions aside, the clip simply shows the beauty possible from technology, something we’re kind of all about here at DBP. Check it out.

 

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