“Forms”: Creating Visual Composition Through the Movement of Dance and Artificial Intelligence

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: “Forms”: Creating Visual Composition Through the Movement of Dance and Artificial Intelligence
Stream: Arts - Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Maria Rita Nogueira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Paulo Menezes, University of Coimbra, Portugal
José Maçãs de Carvalho, University of Coimbra, Portugal


What relationship exists between dance and visual arts? How can dance visually express lines, shapes and visual compositions in space? It is true that performing arts and visual arts have common methodologies and connections with each other. However, how can the audience understand their relationship? The present work intersects art with technology, more specifically dance movement and machine learning techniques, in order to create a new visual representation of the body's movement in space. The field of artificial intelligence has allowed machine learning techniques (e.g. human-pose estimation) to explore areas of body movement. The integration of machine learning with dance has resulted in different approaches, but how can this relationship contribute to involve the audience? "FORMS" mirrors this dancer-machine dialogue in an interactive installation performance. Body language is the vehicle that drives the visual outcome of the interactive experience, creating a novel real-time visual expression of the dance movement. The hybrid format of the installation offers the audience a live performance and an open experience where anyone can play with "FORMS" through their own movement. It contributes to cultivate body awareness, understand in major detail the dance movement and enrich the art experience.

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