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Thursday Night Live! Scramble Suit: How to wear different bodies
do 13 april 2017, 19:30 – 21:30 CEST
This performative evening takes as its subject perceived identity of the moving body in todays networked space of appearance. This will be explored through a series of acting exercises for motion capture technology performed by Gareth Taylor, in which the audience is encouraged to participate.
Gait analysis, an application of motion capture technology, is the study of human motion and measurement of body mechanics employed for medicine, sports, movement optimisation and persona identification. As biometric identifier, gait recognition takes advantage of a person’s inherent body language made observable through walking. Body language parsed through this machinic gaze raises many questions about surveillance, categorisation and discrimination. On the contrary, motion capture technology as it is used in the entertainment and gaming industry takes advantage of the stripped down recorded motion, lacking any context, by applying it to human, animal and fantastical computer generated characters. Therefore, acting for motion capture is particular in that it disregards the visual appearance of the actor, as well as the environmental context, and only records the bare movement of the body. This frees the actor of any visual prejudice assigned to their bodies and gives them incredible freedom to inhabit various identities, bodies, creatures. This Reading Room is curated by Simone Niquille, fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Read more about Simone Niquille’s fellowship in the Fellows Update section.
The Mocap Vaults
The Mocap Vaults is an educational organisation set up in 2013 by Oliver Hollis-Leick, a long time performance capture artist and consultant, and John Dower, a film and video game director. As motion capture continues to expand as a performance medium, Hollis-Leick and Dower could clearly see the lack of training available to actors, directors and animators that wanted to find work in this exciting new world, and so they created The Mocap Vaults to offer expert guidance from genuine industry professionals. The organisation now teaches in the UK, USA and Europe, as well as providing consultancy services to video game developers and filmmakers.
Simone C. Niquille is a Swiss designer and researcher. Her practice Technoflesh investigates the representation of identity without a body, the digitisation of biomass and the increasingly omnipresent optic gaze of everyday objects. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence USA in 2010 and graduated with a Masters in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam in 2013. She is part of design research collective Space Caviar and Tutor at the Architectural Association London.
The Reading Room is a series of evenings dedicated to the act of collective reading. It is a place to decipher and interpret the world with its countless languages and systems, including phenomena that by their ubiquity evade investigation. Led by an artist, researcher or designer, a small audience will reflect upon a concept, a text, an object or an image. The Reading Room is a space for intimate, provocative conversations. It is a place for creative confusion and sometimes even frustration, in which speakers and audience are not looking for concrete solutions but for higher resolutions. Subjects in previous Reading Rooms include exhibition, surveillance, migration, liquidity, museum, insecurity.
Before the Thursday Night why not grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut? At 18.30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for €7.50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link or at the bar this evening.