If a tree were to fall

Real-time 3D simulation of an autonomous dancer, performance, 2018

The project started by rephrasing the famous philosophical paradox: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?“ into “If Hatsune Miku were to dance while nobody was watching does her dance actually happen?“. This developed into a simulator of an endless dancing figure, that has access to a large collection of motion capture data and interpolates between movements while also considering parameters from the virtual and the physical spaces.

The simulation was created in UE4 game engine using self-made motion data as well as CMU and mixamo motion capture database. The result was a musical and dance performance piece where the performer and the AI appropriate behaviours from each other in the attempt to unwrap meanings of autonomous behaviour.

The project was made in collaboration with artist Ötvös Kinga as part of the residency program for research in performing arts: “Reciproc performativ” granted by Colectiv A at Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Hello and welcome to my website. Here are some image samples of my recent works. In my practice I am intrigued by the magic of the unreal and the intangible, i am drawn to the ethereal and the elusive, I seek the sorcery that incarnates the virtual into solid matter. I am fascinated by the ways the bodiless nonmaterial subject can materialise and transpire into the real world. In my work, i try to operate through these phenomena, aiming to put them into effect. While enacting the production of illusions, untruths and fiction I am often reflecting on their increased automated fabrication under today's Neo-feudalism. If you want to find out more details about my projects you can click on any picture. You can also find some of my older projects >>>here.   If you'd like to contact me, please feel free to send me a letter at: adrianganeaxyz@gmail.com