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Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski Photo by Spencer Hansen at Ochi Gallery Splayed across a giant paper canvas with pieces of charcoal firmly grasped in each hand, Heather Hansen begins a grueling physical routine atop a sizeable paper canvas. Her body contorts into carefully choreographed gestures as her writing implements grate across the floor, the long trails resulting in a permanent recording of her physical movements. Part dance and part performance art, the kinetic drawings are a way for Hansen to merge her love for visual art and dance into a unified artform. Hansen most recently had a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho which runs through March 31, 2014. Related:  Movement Analysisheather hansen - uses her body

Gestures and Tools for Kinect - Eternal Coding - HTML5 / Windows / Kinect / 3D development You have certainly not missed (as a regular reader of this blog ) that the Kinect for Windows SDK is out! For now, however, no gestures recognition services are available. So throughout this paper we will create our own library that will automatically detect simple movements such as swipe but also movements more complex such as drawing a circle with your hand. The detection of such gestures enable Powerpoint control the Jedi way ! If you are not familiar with the Kinect for Windows SDK, you should read a previous post that addressed the topic: There is an infinite number of solutions for detecting a gesture. Algorithmic search Template based search Note that these two techniques have many variants and refinements. You can find the code used in this article just here: GestureDetector class In the end, all the work is done in the Add method: Recording Replay

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HEATHER HANSEN INTERVIEW - Ochi Gallery News Ochi Gallery: When people ask you to describe your work how do you answer? Heather Hansen: Currently I am exploring kinetic drawing. I make large scale pieces in charcoal or pastels using my body as a drawing tool. photo by Spencer Hansen at OCHI GALLERY Where do you see the intersection between dance and fine art in your work? For me personally there is no differentiation between the two. What first compelled you to create the emptied gestures? It’s the sort of thing that once it found its way into my consciousness it was already so familiar that I wondered what took me so long. Playing in the sand on the beach a few years back, I had a moment when I looked back at my footprints and marks that I’d left from doing a few ballet movements and thought, wow I really want to sculpt that. Do you have an idea of the pattern you’re going to create before you pick up the charcoal, or does it happen moment to moment? What’s going through your mind as you create them? Not a lot. You’re kind of a nomad.

Miguel Cardona's Coffee Cups for Charity by Eva Glettner Miguel Cardona is a professor of design and an illustrator with an unusual canvas: the paper coffee cup. No subject is off limits for Cardona—in fact, the more obscure, the better; be it Breaking Bad's Walter White, aliens or sea creatures. But it's what Cardona does with his myriad coffee cups that is even more special. The artist's interesting hobby began last year when he visited a cafe close to where he was doing on-site design contract work. Cardona tells CH, "Mostly I like robots and skulls. He loves the challenge of drawing on cups and the respect it earns him as an artist. Original coffee cup artworks are available online. Images courtesy of Miguel Cardona

Cinematics case study: Mass Effect 3 Earlier this year, Budapest studio Digic Pictures produced a stunning three minute trailer for the Bioware game Mass Effect 3. The trailer, dubbed 'Take Earth Back', tells the story of an alien invasion as Earth is attacked by the game's Reapers. We go in-depth with Digic to show how the cinematic was made - in stereo - featuring behind the scenes video breakdowns, images and commentary from several of the artists involved. Above: watch 'Take the Earth Back' Motion capture Artists: Csaba Kovari (Mocap TD), Istvan Gindele (Mocap TD), Gyorgy Toth (animator) We used Vicon’s T160 camera system to record all motion for this piece. In general we capture 2-3 or sometimes even 4 actors’ movements at once together with their props (swords, shields etc). Usually the mocap shooting days are preceded by rehearsal days, for example if we have a two day mocap shooting session then the actors need at least two-three days rehearsal with the director. Character animation Earth shot Blood effects 1.

Living Room Layout Dilemma I have been trying to figure out how to lay out our new living room for weeks, so maybe you wonderful readers can help me out. The issue is the shape of the room and the difficulty of having dueling focal points. The room has a working fireplace flanked by lovely built-in bookcases and storage. The fireplace would make a splendid focal point on its own, if we were to leave the room as a formal living room. The living room is long and narrow with a large bank of windows that provide the room’s only natural light. All floor plans created using Icovia’s Room Planner. So, how do I make this long space cozy AND accommodate two focal points? Discuss. One big space, couch in front of window One big space, chairs in front of window Same as B, but with an area rug Two separate seating areas, couch partially blocking window Same as D, but with an area rug Two separate seating areas, possible traffic issue Same as F, but with an area rug So, what do you think?

Artist Uses Entire Body to Create Larger than Life Charcoal Drawings Jan 23, 2014 Artist Heather Hansen Heather Hansen is a performance artist and painter who uses her entire body to create larger than life kinetic drawings with charcoal. Heather’s primary pursuits are painting, sculpture and dance/theatre (where she has been an artistic director, teacher, costume and stage designer). While the still images below capture some breathtaking moments, be sure to watch the Emptied Gestures video embedded below. [via Colossal] Emptied Gestures – Heather Hansen Live Performance at Ochi Gallery

Spectacular Bioluminescent Beaches Look Like Starry Skies Taiwanese photographer Will Ho (aka hala065) captures stunning images of bioluminescence at the Dusit Thani Maldives in Mudhdhoo that transforms the beaches into a magical, glowing coastline. The blue speckled sands provide a beautifully surreal accent to the landscape at night as the waves crash onto the shore, making it look like a spectacular reflection of a starry sky on the ground. Like on the coastlines of Australia, these beaches are populated by tiny phytoplankton that radiate vibrant sapphire luminesce as a defensive reaction to a disturbance in their environment. The natural response of the microorganisms could be to anything from the presence of a predator to nothing more than the moving of the tides. The photographer, who has been asked on multiple occasions whether the shots are real or not, insists his images are absolutely real though you'd have to be lucky enough to catch as great an occurrence as he experienced just outside of a Thai restaurant in the Maldives.

IIC_kinesthetic_cognition IIC. Kinesthetic Spatial Cognition “Kinesthetic spatial cognition” can be defined as referring to the perception, memory, and recall of spatial information via the kinesthetic perceptual-motor system. IIC.10 Spatial Cognition versus Verbal Cognition A great deal of research has demonstrated that spatial cognitive processes and verbal cognitive processes use separate cognitive resources. Other evidence for multi-channel models comes from studies of patients with neurological disease or injury. The right-brain spatial, left-brain verbal specialisation is not a fixed relationship but appears to be based on more fundamental differences in processing styles of the two cerebral hemispheres such as sequential processes of the left hemisphere versus holistic processes of the right hemisphere (Bradshaw and Nettleton, 1981; Luria, 1970; Trevarthen, 1978). However, in some cases when verbal labels are attached to stimuli the memory for those stimuli does not necessarily improve.

Magic Colored Milk Science Project If you add food coloring to milk, not a whole lot happens, but it only takes one simple ingredient to turn the milk into a swirling color wheel. Here is what you do. Magic Milk Materials 2% or whole milk food coloring dishwashing liquid cotton swab plate Magic Milk InstructionsPour enough milk onto a plate to cover the bottom.Drop food coloring onto the milk. I made a video so you can see what to expect.Dip a cotton swab in dishwashing detergent liquid.Touch the coated swab to the milk in the center of the plate.Don't stir the milk; it isn't necessary. Milk consists of a lot of different types of molecules, including fat, protein, sugars, vitamins, and minerals. When you introduce detergent to the milk, several things happen at once.