Inter-(meta)active Installation, Exhibition
Project Motion Bank
Choreographic Coding Lab, Frankfurt
Alexander Grasser, Marvin Bratke


“The body – constant and indefinite at the same time – ‘bursts’ the space already with its mere physicality, creating a first distinction between the self and its environment. Only the body movements create a reference to the otherwise invisible space”

The driving force behind the Syntax Error installation is the creation of a digital sculpture representation from recorded motion data of a dancer and blurring the lines between physical and digital realm through an interactive feedback loop. Syntax Error is a three-dimensional, digital metaphor of a real life process influenced by the precision, rich detail, fine mechanism and energy. The digital tectonics mostly capture the fragility of a dancer’s movement and therefore show the beauty of human inaccuracy in the syntax of a programmed dance sequence.
The digital sculpture is a representation of individual human interpretation and implies the attributes that contrast human behavior from mechanical perfection.
The project’s intent is to deliver a message of space, change, behavior, reaction, movement and flows through matter materialization and results in a digitally augmented eclecticism. One material creates different tectonics that represent persistence and change at the same time, like one dancer subjectively interprets the sound/music/directions in his/her performance differently.
Sara DeSantis, who delivered the dance performance, moves to an interactive noise field provided by KlingKlangKlong, where a simple modification of the random seed could iteratively create new versions of the video, each offering a different composition of the recorded performance. She was recorded by depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the images was later put together to a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud), doing so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process.

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