Title: Dance interaction with physical model visuals based on movement qualities

Authors: Sarah Fdili Alaoui; Frédéric Bevilacqua; Bertha Bermudez Pascual; Christian Jacquemin

Addresses: LIMSI-CNRS and STMS IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC, University of Paris-Sud, 1 Place Igor Stravinsky 75004 Paris, France ' STMS IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC, 1 Place Igor Stravinsky 75004 Paris, France ' International Choreographic Arts Centre ICK, Emio Greco'PC Dance Company, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 120-sous, 1012 SH Amsterdam, The Netherlands ' LIMSI-CNRS, University of Paris-Sud, Bat. 508, BP 133, 91403 Orsay, France

Abstract: A novel interface for the real-time control of interactive visuals through full body dance movements is designed with a specific focus on the notion of movement qualities (the manner in which the movement is executed). The system can recognise predefined movement qualities through gesture analysis. It also allows for the control of abstract visuals based on physical models, specifically mass-springs models, displaying graphical animations with 'qualities' reflecting the participants' expressions. This work has been implemented and tested in an interactive installation called 'Double Skin/Double Mind'. In that context, we were able to test the contribution of our system to dance pedagogy and to collect participants' feedback. These preliminary tests suggest that the dancers can embrace the interaction with physical model-based visuals. They also reveal that the movement qualities of the visuals generated by our system fairly mirror the dancers' own qualities.

Keywords: dance movements; movement qualities; gesture recognition; interactive installation; dance pedagogy; full body interaction; gesture-based interface; mass spring systems; physics; computer graphics; animation; physics-based simulation; real-time control; abstract visuals; physical models; expressions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2013.058284

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2013 Vol.6 No.4, pp.357 - 387

Available online: 12 Dec 2013

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