This performative evening was about the perceived identity of the moving body in today's networked space of outward appearance. Explored through a series of acting exercises for motion capture technology performed by Gareth Taylor, in which the audience was encouraged to participate. Simone Niquille gave a lecture about Gait Analysis and afterwards took photo's with an infrared camera.
Simone Niquille started the evening with a lecture about gait analysis, 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.
Gareth Taylor talked about his career in motion capture acting and the technology used in the entertainment and gaming industry. Motion capture technology 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. Afterwards Gareth gave a motion capture acting workshop.
After graduating from Guildford School Acting, Gareth trained at the Jacques Lecoq movement school in Paris. He is currently Head of Movement at ALRA drama school, London. He’s worked with some of the fastest growing theatre companies in the UK, including Punchdrunk, Slung Low, Rough Fiction and the award winning curious directive, of which he’s a Creative Associate. As a performance capture artist he has worked on over 30 video games as well as multiple feature films, and is renowned for his ability to develop characters and animals through movement. He is Movement Associate of The Mocap Vaults who teach performance capture techniques to the new generation of actors, animators and directors, preparing them for a life in lycra.
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.