Parallax Dancer is an
augmented reality installation based on
performance by prima ballerina Jayne
Smeulders of the West Australian Ballet. Jayne
was scanned while posing
classically, then digitally 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
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 in 2018.
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).