This Performer's Movements Are Captured And Presented In This Mesmerizing Work Of Art

This is beautiful.

In "as·phyx·i·a," one choreographed performance "stresses the desire to be expressive without bounds" — and it's beautiful. 

Created by Maria Takeuchi with Frederico Phillips and performed by Shiho Tanaka, "as·phyx·i·a" is a video project that aims to "explore new ways to use and/or combine technologies and different fields in an experiment without many of the common commercial limitations," according to the project's website. It unfolds in a video uploaded to Vimeo, with a second video showing the behind-the-scenes action.

The website goes on to explain: 

"Motion data was captured using inexpensive sensors and that data paved the way through an extensive number of steps. Once all the scanned point cloud data was combined, that was then used as the base for the creative development on the piece. A series of [iteractive] studies on styles followed and several techniques and dynamic simulations were then applied using a number 3D tools for various results."

In the "making of" video, performer Tanaka moves about a room, bending and contorting her body slowly. Meanwhile, an Xbox One Kinect is used for motion data capture. This is all set to an original soundtrack. 

The resulting animation is a tranquil look at both the human body and its movements, using lines and points against a stark black background. Naturally, it's absolutely mesmerizing. Check it out in full below:


(H/T: Vice)


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