• data mining bodies in motion

    Although there are projects considering parsing pedestrian movement (e.g. sitting, walking, waving), there is a great deal of abstract movement going on in the world. The DOD would really like to be able to mine 2D film for patterns to prevent and or locate actions…but I want to look at possible tools for mining 3D and 2D data. For instance, how can GIS help map stage settings and flow? might seem to be an off-the-wall idea, but those of us studying movement in and out of performing arts, are desirous of the ability to mine our texts…non-verbal texts. well, it’s a thought!


  1. Hi Susan ~
    …actually, sounds like a 4D problem because you will have to deal with time to show movement. Have you considered KML as a programming language for your project? Here is a link to the Globe Theatre with actors: sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=86a73bea65571dad482171afd151b5c3
    that was created with SketchUp.
    Python is now the standard ArcGIS coding environment. Here is a link to pyKML:
    which may be a good way of scripting the action you want.
    I have seen some amazing motion KML projects. KML may be the best way to approach your project short of Hollywood resources. Cheers! ~ Bob

    • Hey Robert, all good ideas, but I’m not really interested in scripting as much as the ability to mine ‘geographical’ data from film in an effort to study how often — and in what context — choreographers and directors use specific spacing/staging. As I am using statistics to study body parts and movement patterns in context (currently using metaphor), the addition of the staging would be really useful. of course, the ability to save a script and the data for future use would be awesome.

  2. Hi, Susan
    I want to pass along the TED video I mentioned today:
    Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life
    I thought of these “Strandbeests” when we spoke about the performance at UVa. Glad to meet you today!

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