hand drawn spaces

Scott deLahunta (sdela@ahk.nl)
Mon, 27 Jul 1998 10:28:40 +0200

Dear List:

Who can give an 'objective' report on the premiere of Hand-drawn Spaces,
Merce Cunningham's collaboration with Paul Kaiser at Riverbed at Siggraph
on 20 July? (not the world premiere -- it was apparently shown last
November in Ireland). I have

There is an illustrative page on Riverbed's site
http://www.riverbed.com/hds/master.htm. The project has involved:

a. Biovision motion-capture -- 22 sensors, 8 optical trackers. The capture
was done in the Biovision studio in San Fran with two company dancers.

b. The Motion Flow Network designed by Unreal Pictures allows Cunningham to
explore the infinite possibilities within a finite number of dance phrases.
Cunningham choreographed 71 new phrases to use in such a network. Then,
employing chance operations, he connected these phrases into new sequences
of movement.

c. A projection on 3 screens with sound and lighting which give illusion/
sensation of characters passing from one screen to another.

Quote from Siggraph Pages http://www.siggraph.org/s98/conference/sessions/

"Hand-Drawn Spaces is a virtual performance in which dancers move across
three projection screens and the spaces in between. The figures are modeled
and rendered as three-dimensional sketches, and are animated by the
intricate choreography of Merce Cunningham. The composition was created
with motion fragments that were motion-captured, key-frame reduced,
footstep-extracted and then assembled into long-format sequences with
motion flow editing."


The project was presented at Siggraph in the context of the animation
festival http://www.siggraph.org/s98/media/animation.html

Quote from the Computer Animation Festival Program

"This is extraordinary. It is mind changing. Computer animation is jumping
off the screen. It runs through us and connects us through our senses,
through our perceptions, through meaning and, experience. Technology no
longer limits our animation. It now affords us aesthetic and methodic
choices and the creative freedom that comes from that. These trends are
strongly illustrated in the works selected for the SIGGRAPH 98 Computer
Animation Festival."


Hand-Drawn Spaces tours now over the next year to Wexner Center for the
Arts in Ohio, Fondacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Madrid. and Fondacio
Serralves, Porto, Portugal


I have found most of the online references... am looking for reports from
actual 'sightings' -- did anyone attend the 'artswire' workshop session
with Riverbed March 28 1998? Incidently, that conference has produced a
number of interesting 'reports' which are available online at


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