Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Creative Practice | Art Science Technology: Movement in Virtual Space

Framing movement in Cartesian Space

La filosofia è scritta in questo grandissimo libro che continuamente ci sta aperto innanzi a gli occhi (io dico l'universo), ma non si può intendere se prima non s'impara a intender la lingua, e conoscer i caratteri, ne' quali è scritto. Egli è scritto in lingua matematica, e i caratteri son triangoli, cerchi, ed altre figure geometriche, senza i quali mezi è impossibile a intenderne umanamente parola; senza questi è un aggirarsi vanamente per un oscuro laberinto.
Galileo Galilei - Il Saggiatore (1623)

Movement is no exception to the mathematics of the universe described by Galileo. Geometric configurations are able not only to represent but also to inspire human voluntary movement sequences —and ultimately produce "positive" cognitive states. The correlation between voluntary human movement, space and mental activity comprise the topic of the creative practice of my doctoral research at Deakin University, titled "Form Mind Body Space Time".
As component of my research methodology, an original approach to the study of movement in the space of virtual environments began being tested on November 11 and 12. The physical facilities were located at   PERCRO, the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory founded by Massimo Bergamasco and part of the Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TECIP) of the Scuola  Superiore Sant’Anna, right in Pisa, birthplace of Galileo.
The experiments involved the virtual environment of the XCAVE (based on the framework XVR developed at PERCRO and involved motion capture technologies and electroencephalography (EEG), using the 32 channel wireless G.Nautilus system from G.Tech. The PERCRO researchers involved include:

Michele Barsotti, PhD Student, EEG capture and Setup
Claudia Faita, PhD Student, Support
Alessandro Filippeschi, Postdoc, Motion Capture
Marcello Carrozzino, Ricercatore, Graphics
Emanuele Ruffaldi, Ricercatore, Graphics
Moving in a space based on combination of tori and cylinders

Movement improvisations inspired by the hypericosahedron

Testing motion sensors and wearing the EEG cap

Moving in a golden spiral from the Fibonacci series —Leonardo Fibonacci was also born in Pisa!

Finding a baseline: back to the Cartesian grid
A video clip from the "Torus Meditations"