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Synchronous Objects [synchronousobjects.osu.edu] is a beautiful project that aims to visualize choreographic information in "new ways". It focuses on revealing the interlocking systems of organization in the choreography of William Forsythe's "One Flat Thing". These systems were quantified through the collection of data and transformed into a series of objects that aim to reveal patterns and structures.

The data includes Spatial Data, tracking a single point of each dancer in three-dimensional space, and Attribute Data, built from the dancers' first hand accounts, such as when the gave or received a cue, what alignments they followed, when they were improvising and what themes they were performing in every second of the dance.

The collection of data visualizations is surprisingly sophisticated and interdisciplinary, as it crosses the realms from traditional data statistics to explorative data art. It is so rich that one cannot fully describe it in detail. Available visualizations range from "Movement Density" (where did the dancers spent most of the time?) over "Difference Marks" (compressing the dancers' motion over time) to a 3D "DataFan" (a series of geometric operations that fold and twist determined from the sync-up data).

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2 COMMENTS

"Synchronous Objects" is definitely an impressive data visualization project. And it is especially unique for the dance community.

This morning I wrote:

"Exploring William Forsythe's "Synchronous Objects" Website"

And earlier this week I wrote:

"William Forsythe's "Synchronous Objects" at OSU Tomorrow"

I'm very curious what readers of Information Aesthetics think about this project. Have similar efforts been made to capture and visualize choreographic movement structures? I have not come across any.

Thu 02 Apr 2009 at 11:12 PM

Doug Fox:
A slightly less technological approach can be seen @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_notation

Fri 03 Apr 2009 at 10:52 AM
Anders M
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