an experimental motion capture film created with Kinect Azure Depth Camera


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The short film piece “Kinection” experiments with how technology and touch can disrupt our understanding of self and our relationships to one another. “Kinection” is an experimental motion capture film captured with Kinect Azure Depth Camera, a camera that tracks human motion through depth analysis and infrared point cloud capture. Filmed in the Barnard College Movement Lab, we experimented with these cutting edge technologies to research and push the possibilities of invention in order to create new applications for both science and art. Motion capture is generally used for motion analysis and data capture and has various applications from engineering, to medical to augmented reality.

For the sound, the voice of student poet Joy Lee, exactly as she read it, is divided over two tracks, with the second track slightly out of sync to create a spatial depth. The voice as it is constructed expresses a distance in time, between future and past, similar to the atmosphere created by the technology. The third track has the music score, which serves to give a more traditional and familiar grounding to the piece.
Direction and Dance:  Gabri Christa

Camera, Direction, Editing:  Guy de Lancey

Dance:  Allison Costa, Elise Logan, Nkima Stephenson 

Poem and Voice:  Joy Lee

Music:  “Away” by Ian Post

A Movement Lab Production, filmed annd created in the Barnard College Movement Lab 

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Allison Costa is a dancer, creative technologist, and multi-media artist based in New York City. Her transdisciplinary practice is process-focused and collaborative and she is always interested in exploring new pathways and partnerships for creative experimentation.

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