LED Movement Scales

While different from VR/AR, a third example of using digital tools and technologies to capture the performing arts in new ways for representation and scholarship is an LED Movement Scales project.  This pilot project was a collaboration between IMATS and Barnard dance faculty member Paul Scolieri, and was inspired by a group of movement scholars including Marie Percy from University of Connecticut who started “Visualizing Space Harmony.”  This was a test of long-exposure photography and light-painting video to capture movement scales, based on the work of Rudolf Laban, a pioneer in modern dance.   We piloted a method of long-exposure photography and video (with the free iPhone app Pablo) to capture these movements of dancers wearing LED gloves and bands around their wrists and legs;  the scales lasted between 10-30 seconds, and were recorded in a lightproof production studio.  

Here are some examples: