“Towards the living canvas” by Naef

  • ©Martin Naef




    Towards the living canvas



    The Living Canvas initiative aims to explore the novel artistic possibilities of using the performer’s body and clothes as a projection surface in the context of a stage performance. A new projection system will enable a dynamic or even improvised performance by detecting the posture and silhouette of the performer and projecting imagery precisely to the selected parts of body. This will enable the performer to “wear virtual costumes” that adapt to the body, or even receive a different face. The dynamic nature of the system will give full control to the performer who can freely move around on the stage, with the projection always “following” the performer. The Living Canvas is a collaborative initiative between the Glasgow School of Art and Theatre Cryptic and has acquired funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to implement the vision.


    1. Rhee, S.-M., Ziegler, R., Park, J., Naef, M., Gross, M., Kim, M.-H. 2007. Low-Cost Telepresence for Collaborative Virtual Environments. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2007.

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