Pixel Performers: Digital Projection Mapping on Live Dancers

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Combining choreographed movement and projected abstractions, these works of performed art are visually stunning, creating effects and illusions far beyond the sum of their parts.

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From its creators, Pixel, shown above, “is a dance show for 11 dancers in a virtual and living visual environement. A work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, hip hop and circus. A show at the crossroads of arts and at the crossroads of Adrien M / Claire B’s and Mourad Merzouki’s universes.”

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The idea of projecting onto moving performers is, however, not new – indeed, Klaus Obermaier has been using low-tech projectors and equipment to create equally amazing work for decades. Indeed, while speaking at INST-INT recently in Minneapolis, he joked that he would carry on using his decade-old laptop until it broke down.

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Indeed, the lower-tech approach he takes relies heavily on the ability of each dancer to have complete control of their own movements, making their skill a critical part of each and every exhausting performance.

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Obermaier has also engaged in other forms of public interactive projection art over the years, taking his productions off the stage and allowing passers by to interact with his work.