interact with computer video imagery
Invisible Walls is an dance with interactive sound and
computer animation. The first performance of Invisible Walls
was at Grinnell College in April, 2001. The VNS motion tracking
system enabled dancers to influence the sound and video. NATO programming
was used to influence the playback (start, stop, repeat) of video.
choreography was structured for a group of the performers to control
the sonic and visual elements through their movement together ,
thereby creating an an environment referred to as "Active
Space". An Active Space environment comes to life when
movement and computer-based interaction are present and responsive
to each other.
the performance of Invisible Walls, ten dancers performed
with three abstract representations of three pre-recorded counterparts.
The previously recorded dance was videotaped in a blue
screen room at University of California, Irvine. Abstract multi-colored
images were then created in collaboration with John Crawford
from the flow of the live dance using Adobe After Effects software.
The abstract dance imagery was projected behind the performers,
creating the illusion of walls or fluid edges that cast in the moment
of action with dancers, enabled real-time events between projected
imagery and dancers. Interactive sound in collaboration with Chris
Dobrian and NATO Programming in collaboration with John Jannone.
the performance web album and
animation web album and Active
Space technical diagram for more on this project.