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Snapshots of complexity: using motion capture and principal component analysis to reconceptualise dance

Vincs, Kim and Barbour, Kim 2014, Snapshots of complexity: using motion capture and principal component analysis to reconceptualise dance, Digital creativity, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 62-78, doi: 10.1080/14626268.2013.786732.

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Title Snapshots of complexity: using motion capture and principal component analysis to reconceptualise dance
Author(s) Vincs, Kim
Barbour, Kim
Journal name Digital creativity
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 62
End page 78
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1744-3806
Keyword(s) dance
motion capture
principal component analysis
dance and technology
Summary This article brings together the disparate worlds of dance practice, motion capture and statistical analysis. Digital technologies such as motion capture offer dance artists new processes for recording and studying dance movement. Statistical analysis of these data can reveal hidden patterns in movement in ways that are semantically ‘blind’, and are hence able to challenge accepted culturo-physical ‘grammars’ of dance creation. The potential benefit to dance artists is to open up new ways of understanding choreographic movement. However, quantitative analysis does not allow for the uncertainty inherent in emergent, artistic practices such as dance. This article uses motion capture and principal component analysis (PCA), a common statistical technique in human movement recognition studies, to examine contemporary dance movement, and explores how this analysis might be interpreted in an artistic context to generate a new way of looking at the nature and role of movement patterning in dance creation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14626268.2013.786732
Field of Research 190403 Dance
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057900

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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