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Kung Fu Visualization

2016 Hong Kong, China
Coauthor: Sarah Kenderdine, Tobias Gremmler

Motion capture (MOCAP) is a vitally important technique to digitally record, analyse and archive the intricate dynamics of kung fu performances. The Re-ACTOR installation by Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw shows these motion-captures in 3D from six different points of view. It provides a panoptic virtual reality environment within which the kung fu master’s performances are re-enacted and re-envisioned. Each of its six viewpoints has an interactive control panel that allows visitors to select six different visualization styles that elucidate the underlying dynamics of the movements. 

In a further video work by Tobias Gremmler, motion graphics is used to provide an artistic interpretation of these motion-captured recordings of Hakka kung fu masters, providing new insight and beauty to their movements.

Exhibition Record

2016/9/2 - 9/30:  300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

2016/10/28 - 2017/2/28:  300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu, Academic 3, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2017/2/3 - 2/28:  Kung Fu Motion, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia