Susan Sloan - Studies in Stillness: Motion Capture Portraits

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Susan Sloan's project uses motion capture data to explore animated portraiture

A 3D rendered of a woman turning her head up and down

Susan Sloan - Studies in Stillness: Motion Capture Portraits

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Susan Sloan's project uses motion capture data to explore animated portraiture

This event is part of our Past Programme

Using motion capture data as the core material, Susan Sloan's work explores the portrait through the medium of animation, focusing on the simple gestures and movements of her subjects.

Framed as a single shot and composed around the head and torse of the sitter, the work refers to the traditions and conventions of portraiture, but raises questions concerning the convergence of painting, animation and photography.

The Wall forms part of a new digital programme that questions the way that technology has altered our experience and understanding of photography.

Studies in Stillness: Motion Capture Portraits. © Susan Sloan, 2012. Installation image © Kate Elliot,2012

Biography

Susan Sloan is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. She works collaboratively and individually, using animation to create artworks and public projects; including her ongoing study into portraiture that utilises 3D animation software and motion capture technologies, to look at identity through motion and action. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including the SIGGRAPH Gallery, San Diego; 404 Festival, Argentina; IVO3 London; IVO6, London, Sydney; Kunstihoone Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia; Yokohama Art Museum, Japan; and Glasgow International Festival.

Related event

Sat 28 July, 15.00
Susan Sloan in conversation with Katrina Sluis

Susan Sloan joins Katrina Sluis, Curator, Digital Programme, to talk about the imaging processes behind her motion capture portraiture featured on The Wall.

 

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