Bodycloud is a project to materialize human motion by Raphael Perret, scientific assistant at the IAD program at ZHdK. Inspired by the motion of capoeirista, Perret produces 3D sculptures of courses of motions.
Bodycloud materialises the space used by a human body in motion into a sculpture. About ten years ago, I visited Brazil with my Capoeira club. The way, how incredibly elegant Mestre Corisco moved through space impressed me deeply. Since that moment, I was dreaming of doing a sculpture from movement.
The goal is to produce the sculpture in lifesize as a positive and negative. The latter meaning a solid block with the movement carved into the material. So the visitor can crawl into the space and explore it with the body.
Capturing the Movements
The data was collected using motion capture technology to track the movements of capoeirista Milton Rodrigues.
Materializing the Data
The data was then transcribed to a continuous volume rendering and ultimately 3D printed as a physical mini sculpture. This is just the first step of the materialization. The goal is to make the motion space tangible to a visitor.
Raphael Perret is scientific assistant at the IAD ZHdK focused on interface theory, hardware interaction and real-time video processing. Find more of his works on sode.li.