Motion-Capture, Body Movement and 3D Animation Workshop with MetaObjects

Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 2019
Pratt Institute and Asia Art Archive in America

This workshop, conducted by MetaObjects, explores the diverse application of motion-capture technologies within digital and performance art and provides an introduction to capturing movements of the body using these tools. Participants will learn how to capture data using advanced motion-capture systems such as OptiTrack, and how to import and apply the motion data within 3D animation software such as Blender and real-time performance using 3D engines such as Unity.

MetaObjects is a Hong Kong and London-based studio founded by Andrew Crowe and Ashley Lee Wong that facilitates digital production with artists and cultural institutions. As an example of their work, MetaObjects, together with Shanghai artist Lu Yang, created a series of motion-capture performances, Electromagnetic Brainology Live that explores neurology, Buddhism, and the human body. By tracking the movements of a dancer live on stage, and mapping them to 3D avatars displayed on a screen, the artist and MetaObjects created a high-energy performance through anime and games aesthetics, Japanese dance music and hip-hop dance.

Schedule
Day 1: Sat, Nov 2: Pratt Institute, 12-3pm
Pratt Digital Arts, Digital Arts and Animation Gallery, 200 Willoughby Avenue, 4th Floor, Myrtle Hall, Brooklyn, NY, 11205

The first day will explore the evolution of motion-capture and its various uses and applications through examples of work. We will then run through the process of capturing data of a dancer using a motion-tracking system.

Day 2: Sun, Nov 3: Asia Art Archive in America, 12-4pm (snacks will be provided)
Ground Floor, 43 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

On the second day, we move into the studio to import the data captured on the first day to explore how to apply the data to an avatar to create a 3D animation. Participants are requested to bring their own Mac or PC laptops and download the free software Blender and Unity in advance.

This workshop is open to participants of all levels; no prior experience required! Participants may sign-up for each day individually.

MetaObjects is a studio based in Hong Kong and London that aims to facilitate digital production with artists and cultural institutions. Working across VR, AR, 3D printing, motion-capture, audiovisual production, software and web development, MetaObjects seeks to encourage the sharing of knowledge of new digital tools and processes. MetaObjects has worked with artists including Samson Young, Lu Yang, Wang Xin, and Wong Kit Yi; and cultural institutions including M+ West Kowloon Cultural District, Tai Kwun Centre for Art and Heritage, K11 Art Foundation, de Sarthe Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong, Para Site Art Centre, Rockbund Art Museum, University of Salford Art Collection, and others.

Andrew Crowe is Co-Founder and Technical Director of MetaObjects. He is a technologist and software engineer with over 15 years experience working in London. He has worked as Principal Developer for a financial company, start-ups and agencies. He applies his skills to work in close collaboration with partners to tackle a wide range of complex creative projects using new technologies.

Ashley Lee Wong is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of MetaObjects. She is a curator and researcher who has worked in the arts and cultural sector in London and Hong Kong. She is a PhD Candidate at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She has worked as Head of Programmes and Operations at Sedition, the online platform for artists to distribute their work as digital limited editions.

Image caption: Lu Yang, Electromagnetic Brainology Live at Powerlong Art Centre, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and MetaObjects.


This program is supported by Pratt Institute, Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media at City University of Hong Kong., and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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ARTISTS, CRITICS, CURATORS, AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Aisha Khalid, Aki Onda, Aki Sasamoto, Alexander Keefe, Alexandra Chang, Alexandra Munroe, Alf Chang, Amy Lien, Amy WOOD, Annysa Ng, Anthony Tino, Anthony Yung, Arin Rungjang, Ashley Billingsley, Ashok Sukumaran, Bahar Behbahani, Bahar Behbani, Bani Abadi, Bani Abidi, Barbara London, Benjamin Moskowitz, Beth Citron, Betsy Damon, Bing Lee, Birgit DONKER, Boon Hui Tan, Boris Groys, Brinda Kumar, Cai Guoqiang, CAMP, Cao Fei, Casey Tang, Chang Chao Tang, Chang Yuchen, Chen Chieh-jen, Chen Tong, Chen Wei-ching, Chen Xiaomei, Chihoi, Chitra Ganesh, Chris Wu, Christoph NOE, Christopher Ho, Christopher K. Ho, Christopher Phillips, Chương-Đài Võ, Cici Wu, Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, Cosmin Costinas, David Smith, Desire Machine Collective, Dinh Q Le, dmp editions, Dooeun Choi, DREAMER FTY, Ei Arakawa, Eleanor Heartney, Enzo Camacho, EPOXY Art Group, Erin Gleeson, Eugene Wang, Fang Lu, Farah Wardani, Fei Dawei, FENG Yuan(馮原), Franklin Furnace, Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez, Fully Booked, Furen Dai, fwf, Gao Shiming, Gianni Jetzer, Glenn Phillips, Go Hirasawa, Hajra Waheed, Hammad Nasar, Heman Chong, Herb Tam, Hiroko Tasaka, Hitomi Iwasaki, Ho Tzu Nyen, Howie Chen, Hsu Chia-Wei, Huang Chien-Hung, Huang Hua-Chen, Huang Po-chih, HUANG Xiaopeng, I-Hua Lee, Il Lee, Ingrid Chu, Interference Archive, Jaeyong Park, Jane DeBevoise, Jean-Hubert Martin, Jen Hoyer, Jen Liu, Jennifer Davis, Jewyo Rhii, Joan Lebold Cohen, Joanne, John Pirozzi, John Tain, José Maceda, Julian Ross, Jun Yang, June Yap, Kaho Albert Yu, Katherine Grube, Kim Yong-Ik, Kimia Maleki, Kit Yi Wong, Koki Tanaka, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Laurel Ptak, Lê Thuận Uyên, Lee Kit, Lee Mingwei, Lee Weng Choy, Lesley Ma, Levi Easterbrooks, Li Ming, Li Ran, Li Xiaofei, Liang Jianhua, Lin Yilin, LinDa Saphan, Lisa Ross, Liu Ding, Liu Shiyuan, Louiza Ho, Lynn Gumpert, Lyno Vuth, Maline Yim, Mao Chenyu, MAP Office, Margaret Lee, Margo Machida, Mariam Ghani, Martha Wilson, Marvin Taylor, Meghan Forbes, Meiya Cheng, Mel Bochner, Miao Ying, Michelle Wong, Michelle Yun, Midori Yoshimoto, Ming Fay, Minoru Yoshida, Miwako Tezuka, Moe Satt, Morgan Wong, Mukaddas Mijit, Murtaza Vali, Museum of Unknown, Nadim Abbas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nate Hun, Nico Baumbach, Nikhil Raunak, Nonny de la Peña, Nora Taylor, nos:books, Ocean Leung, Onejoon Che, Pad.ma, Pak Sheung Chuen, Pan An-yi, Park Chankyong, Passenger Pigeon Press, Patty Chang, Pi Li, Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Prem Krishnamurthy, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Deshu, Qiu Zhijie, Rabbya Naseer, Rania Ho, Raqs Media Collective, Reiko Tomii, Richard Vine, Rina Banerjee, Risha Lee, Rob Smith, Roslisham Ismail a.k.a. Ise, Ruijun Shen, Ryan Lee Wong, Saadia Toor, Sabih Mohd Ahmed, Sadya Mizan, Sam Hart, Samita Sinha, Samsom Young, Samson Young, Sareth Svay, Sean Anderson, Sen Uesaki, Shaina Anand, Shanta Rao, Sharmini Pereira, Shauba Chang, Shen Xin, Shiraga Kazuo, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Simon Leung (梁碩恩), Simon Wu, Sming Sming Books, Sohl Lee, Son Ni, Song Dong, Sopheap Pich, Stephanie Comilang, Stephanie H. Tung, Stephen Teiser, Su Hui-Yu, Su Yu-Hsien, Sung Hwan Kim, Sunghee Lee, Tabaimo, Takahiko Iimura, Takako Tanabe, Takeshi Ikeda, Tammy Nguyen, Tang Kwok Hin, Taro Hanaga, Teresa Kwong, The Dunhuang Foundation, The Otolith Group, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tiffany Chung, Tishan Hsu, Tobias Madison, Tom Looser, Trần Minh Đức, Uli Sigg, Umber Majeed, Vivian Sming, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jing, Wang Wei, Wang Xu, Waterfall, William LIM, Work on Work, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiaoyu Weng, Xie Xiaoze, Xin Wang, Xu Bing, Xu Tan, YANG Jiechang, Yang Wang, Yin Xiuzhen, Ying Kwok, Yoon Hwan Bae, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Yu Cheng-Ta, Yung MA, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Peili, Zheng Shengtian, Zhenzhen Qi, Zhou Tao, Ziying Duan, Zoe Butt