I invented a new art form!

Ok maybe not, but I got this idea while traveling in the train in Europe. This has nothing to do with Flash, but still I thought it was a pretty cool idea and I wanted to put it out there. The idea came from two fairly new technologies and mixing them together. What it would result is some kind of sculpture/performance art form. It could look very similar to this ad from Apple ( keep the painting of 3D strokes in mind):

The first technology that would be needed would be motion capture. So nothing really new here; motion capture has been fairly well mastered. It would be used to record the movements of a performer be it a dancer or an acrobat. I was thinking of mostly recording the movements of each fingers, because the hand is what we humans have most controls over.

The second technology would be augmented reality. So you got this room in a museum or anywhere and when people get in it they receive the augmented reality glasses. What is added to the user’s vision is the 3D strokes that the performer would have recorded with the motion capture. So as the user moves around the room he can explore the 3D light sculpture ( because the computer knows the position and inclination of the user’s glasses he can display the right part of the 3D structure). Also the sculpture could be animated showing it as it is being created (since it was recorded it is just a matter of playing it). Now augmented reality is not that perfect yet, I am not sure that the glasses could send precise enough location of the user to have a seamless experience but I think that soon we could have something that is close enough.

So there you have it, this is basically painting in the air, in 3D. My idea of brush was exactly like what was in the Apple commercial, but you could have as many brushes has you want since it is basically the 3D program that creates them over the motion capture. I think a lot of artists would be really inspired by this as it removes the need for a tool (pen or brush) because you would use your body directly to express yourself.

Do you guys think this idea is worth anything?

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  1. #1 by George Corney - October 7th, 2010 at 07:48

    This is odd! I’ve been working on a project based in C++ to do exactly that

  2. #2 by zedia.net - October 7th, 2010 at 10:58

    Nice dude, can’t wait to see it happen, post a video or something when you are done!

  3. #3 by Morty - November 23rd, 2010 at 12:05

    You mean something like this?

    Well, go on.. I would like to try it also!

  4. #4 by Mat - January 24th, 2011 at 17:47

    Hey, Have you worked on this anymore? Ive been working on physical sculptures based on motion capture movements. Mostly with taekwondo and dance. My concept was closely related to cameras and long exposure lighting, sounds similar to your jumping off point. Interested to see what you come up with!



  5. #5 by zedia.net - January 24th, 2011 at 18:25

    @ Mat
    Nah, I haven’t pushed this idea further than writing it on this blog. The thing is, I don’t really have time… plus it is a bit out of my area of expertise, so I prefer to concentrate on something closer to me when I do personal projects. But I am glad some people are doing something similar to this because I think it is a great idea.

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