March 24th, 2012

“unnamed soundsculpture” by Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer

This is really one of the coolest and most inspiring things I have seen in a very long time – maximum awesomeness!

The idea behind “unnamed soundsculpture”“unnamed soundsculpture” from Daniel Franke is the creation of a moving sculpture based on the recorded motion data of a real person. For their work Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer asked a dancer to visualize a musical piece (Kreukeltape by Machinenfabriek) by movements of her body. The dancer was filmed with three Kinect cameras generating a real 3D image.

“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.

The body – constant and indefinite at the same time – “bursts” the space already with its mere physicality, creating a first distinction between the self and its environment. Only the body movements create a reference to the otherwise invisible space, much like the dots bounce on the ground to give it a physical dimension. Thus, the sound-dance constellation in the video does not only simulate a purely virtual space. The complex dynamics of the body movements is also strongly self-referential. With the complex quasi-static, inconsistent forms the body is “painting”, a new reality space emerges whose simulated aesthetics goes far beyond numerical codes.

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.”

Video – “unnamed soundsculpture” in full HD resolution
Video – Making of “unnamed soundsculpture”
Animation – We Are Chopchop
Generative Design – onformative – a studio for generative design
Music – The Naked and Famous – “The Sun”

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  1. [...] The process would be difficult to explain. If you are curious go to this sight. [...]

    Icon TellafriendCommented by Daniel Franke and Cedric Kiefer | power of h Weblog, Mar 31st, 2013

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