The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Troy, New York
May 26, 2002
collaboration with project designer Kathleen Ruiz,
Barbara Kilpatrick, Vicky Shick, Elise Kermani and Sarah Plant.
and AVA reading the Copper Box
The AVA Project is a series of transmedia performances and installations
exploring the delicate relationship between humanity, technology
and creativity. Envisioned by Kathleen Ruiz, the project brings
together a unique collaboration of six artists in dance (Lisa Naugle
and Vicky Shick), animation (Kathleen Ruiz), motion capture animation
(Lisa Naugle), sound design (Elise Kermani), music (Sarah Plant),
and structural set objects (Barbara Kilpatrick).
the performance web album or
the animation web album for images
and details about this project.
AVA is an animated figure, an archetype, an avatar. The process
of creating AVA's movement began with Vicky Shick and Barbara Kilpatrick
in New York who wrote ten action descriptions and sent those
descriptions to Lisa Naugle in California via email. Naugle interpreted
the descriptions into movement phrases, performed and recorded each
phrase using the Vicon optical motion capture system. The motion
captured dance took place at the University of California, Irvine,
Clair Trevor School of the Arts, Motion Capture Studio. After the
movement information was "cleaned" it was sent to Kathleen
Ruiz, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where it was transferred
into AVA's virtual body and skin, rendered and programmed
to create the animations for projection. Animated AVA then
became a virtual dancing partner whose actions were performed "live"
via computer by Ruiz to interact with Naugle and Shick during the
performance on May 26, 2002. AVA's image was projected onto different
sculptural objects within the performing environment.
Together the artists constructed an interactive world of movement,
projected animation, objects and sound using traditional and digital
elements. These ranged from sculptures such as the Foot Light, Torso,
Copper Box, and Twin Coat designed and created by Barbara Kilpatrick.
Sound-generating objects such as the BodyChime Tower and hand-held
speakers created by Elise Kermani also served as transitional objects
during the performance that is, projection surfaces for AVA or interactive
objects influenced by body heat and movement of the dancers.