August 16, 2009


isadora screen grab


 This past weeks work has been chaotic and spread out over too many areas. I am still working by making wide sweeping loops over subjects rather than focusing and pursuing directed goals and need to address this. 


I spent some more time this week with the Isadora soft wear. There are some areas I can’t seem to get to function and am checking through to see if this is down to using the demo version so all the functions may not be enabled or if I do not understand the required process.


Also tried out the newer version of Korsakow this week, but got stuck as it was conflicting with the Credo soft wear, which seems to have dropped some of its files when installed and placed folders in random areas on the computers memory and now isn’t accessing them properly.


I am aiming to use the older version of Korsakow for the project using the pedometer and daily film clips. It has been quite hard to film each day and to wear the pedometer. There have been a couple of days where for one reason or another I haven’t managed to get some video. I am trying to work out how to include these days where I am left with an amount of steps taken but no film. I have a couple of weeks left of filming left as I set the time frame of August for the project. I hope to start editing the clips and resizing them for Korsakow next week. Hoping this process will help start to develop a visual style that Andy recommended I start to create during the online chat I had with him.


Photoshop is behaving erratically, taking a long time to find files and shutting down unexpectedly in the middle of a process. Think there may either be a virus on the computer, or that the mother board is going as I am having trouble shutting the computer down and a having to resort to pulling the plug on it. This failing to shut down has been my experience with my previous computer when on its failing.


I went back to look at the different video file types to see if I can figure a way of working round the loss of quality when saving video clips. Was trying out different video file types on Microsoft slide share as a possible work round to Korsakow. Found that it has to be windows media or it won’t play… so the camcorder’s file type will work for any project based on Microsoft slide share. Initially I was able to save video files from the camcorder as movie files… but not any more. Going through these work arounds this week is confirming that the computer isn’t doing too well.


There is the apple to work on but again this means a new learning curve and it has a lot of preinstalled soft wear so unless I remove some of those programmes I won’t have room to put on things like Photoshop or Credo.


This brings about that I need to clear the decks some what to prepare for September and try to resolve these conflicting issues and sharpen my basic understanding of the appropriate technologies to go forward to complete the MA.


Did manage to get to the DLI and got to see Sumit Sarkar’s – Ananta 



Have been reading Drew Leder’s ‘The Absent Body.’ (University of Chicago Press Cicago and London. 1990)



He states:


‘…my body is indicated as the orientational center in relation to which every thing else takes its place.’


(Chapter 1  p.22)


Also started to print the autumn issue of Mail Art One. The printer is jamming.


Over all it’s felt quite a frustrating week progress wise, but the trade off hopefully will be a more disciplined methodology and out look and well worth the effort. Hope to outline the timetable Andy requested next week when I have a better idea of the way forward with the different areas and issues that are cropping up.

April 13, 2009


I have been looking some more in to the idea of combining real time video with animation and looking at available motion capture soft wear. Simi motion tracking has been the starting point.



It would mean a considerable investment and also there would be the need to hire or buy at least 2 high speed cameras.


There is some other motion tracking soft wear available through Troika Ranch that is interesting me.



Hand  drawn rotoscoping is still a possibility that I’d like to explore:



But I am concerned about the time commitment involved to creating a piece this way and if it is achievable for me.



I am currently assembling the spring issue of Mail Art and hope to be posting out later this week.


Below are some Credo stills from small animations I’ve been trying out over the Easter weekend.








March 13, 2009



This week has proved quite a challenge and quite draining. But have managed to keep looking in to rotoscoping and Photoshop and try the Credo soft wear down load a little more. So the ideas here are not as clearly expressed as I would like but am posting so as not to loose the thread.


At the start of the week  was reading ‘The body in Society’ Alexandra Howson.


 Howson puts forward the idea of bodies being used in society as:


‘…a natural symbol which different societies use to make classifications between what they consider to be pure / polluted, clean / dirty.’


(P80. Chapter 3: The Civilized Body.)


Have been thinking about this in relation to virtual life bodies. The virtual world could be seen to create the ultimately acceptable human body in society, a body free of leaking, spewing, and aging.



I am interested in this idea of how we present ourselves through our real life movements and the differences between our physical real life movement and our virtual life movements where we can make different choices about self representation. Also the idea that virtual reality holds out of non corrupting or aging bodies. How might we be changed if not challenged by the constantly changing physicality and constraints of our bodies?  If we can to some extent represent ourselves in this virtual body to form friendships and interact with others in online communities. Will we feel the discrepancy between physical and virtual greater?  Will we become more ill at ease, dissatisfied and uncomfortable with our physical bodies?





So using the Credo down load I have been trying out the idea of combining video and animation together and am looking into the idea of creating a piece that takes place in real time. Looking online have found some more free soft wear trials that may be helpful with this but want to get a little more familiar with the downloads  already have on board before jumping into undertaking to learn more.




Used the programming already provided by Credo to make the figure walk. I am still in the learning  process of learning how to programme figures with Credo.


March 7, 2009


This week I have been trying out Credo’s Interactive Life Forms and Dance Forms soft wear trials.




 This soft wear offers the technique for rotoscoping. This is an option to generate an animated sequence by aligning the palette figure against a sequence of key video or photo stills.


Learning the to use the soft wear is a bit of  a hurdle as my computer seem to be struggling  and keeps shutting the application unexpectedly.