“Loops: a digital portrait” by Downie

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    Loops: a digital portrait

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    This sketch outlines some of the background to a collaborative artwork created in September 2001 by Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser. This digital portrait of dance legend Merce Cunningham uses as a point of departure a motion-captured recording of ‘Loops’, his solo dance for hands and fingers; it uses new real-time non-photorealistic rendering techniques; and it exploits an advanced behavior architecture to structure the performance of the piece. In the resulting animation motion-captured joints become nodes in a network that sets them into fluctuating relationships with one another, at times suggesting the hands underlying them, but more often depicting complex cat’s-cradle variations.


    1. Blumberg, B., Downie, M., Ivanov, Y., Berlin, M., Johnson M. P., and Tomlinson, B. 2002. Integrated Learning for Interactive Synthetic Characters. In: Proceedings of Acm Siggraph 2002, Acm Press / Acm Siggraph, New York. Computer Graphics Proceedings, Annual Conference Series, Acm.
    2. Downie, M. 2001. music creatures. In: Proceedings of Siggraph 2001: Conference Abstracts and Applications (Art Gallery).
    3. Kaiser, P. online at: http://www.riverbed.com

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