The Unity Of Dance And Architecture

In an ambitious and ingenious blend of mechanical construction and the art of dance, [Syuko Kato] and [Vincent Huyghe] from The Bartlett School of Architecture’s Interactive Architecture Lab have designed a robotic system that creates structures from a dancer’s movements that they have christened Fabricating Performance.

A camera records the dancer’s movements, which are then analyzed and used to direct an industrial robot arm and an industrial CNC pipe bending machine to construct spatial artifacts. This creates a feedback loop — dance movements create architecture that becomes part of the performance which in turn interacts with the dancer. [Huyghe] suggests an ideal wherein an array of metal manipulating robots would be able to keep up with the movements of the performer and create a unique, fluid, and dynamic experience. This opens up some seriously cool concepts for performance art.

Fabricating Performance is just the beginning. [Kato] and [Huyghe] envision a spatially interactive design system that would create anything from playgrounds to bus stops by translating design intent from dance — or motion in general — in an environment into structures appropriate for the space.

While using a robotic arm as a third hand in your work space might be a more practical application, this beautiful performance shows how that should never stop you from pushing the boundaries of creativity!

[via We Make Money Not Art]

7 thoughts on “The Unity Of Dance And Architecture

  1. Someday, venues that have to store these insanely bulky things are going to curse them. But then, since the sculptures could be recreated from the stored data, perhaps the latter is all that’s needed.

    1. This is actually how some conceptual art works. A lot of Sol LeWitt’s paintings and wall drawings are not any specific instance of pigment on a wall, but a set of instructions for generating the piece.

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