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Parallax Dancer, 2018 - Augmented Reality Installation

Parallax
                      Dancer by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman

Parallax
                      Dancer by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman

Parallax
                      Dancer by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman

Parallax Dancer is a "reverse immersion" augmented reality installation based on prima ballerina Jayne Smeulders of the West Australian Ballet. Jayne has been scanned, digitized  and animated within a continuously rotating prism of 4K screens. A machine-vision system tracks the location of a randomly selected privileged viewer, enabling a parallax-corrected view of the dancer to be rendered for them in real-time. The system rotates continuously to to decouple the 3D ballerina's performance from the flat screens on which she is represented. In response to audience behaviour, the dancer can perform the five basic positions of ballet as well as pirouette en pointe. Parallax Dancer is a 21st century extrapolation of the classical ballerina music box automation. Shown at Curious Characters exhibition of automata artworks at the Morris Museum, NJ, USA.

The artist acknowledges assistance from: The Australia Council for the Arts, The Government of Western Australia - Department of Culture and the Arts, The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts,
Jayne Smeulders of The West Australian Ballet, headus (3D scanning and animation), UWA Engineering student teams lead by Bradley Burne & Emerson Brophy (machine vision).




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