Experiencing Embodied Cultural Practices through Motion Capture and Immersive Media: A Hybrid Research/Practice Collaboration Across Disciplines

Fall 2019 Grant Recipient

Mona Kasra (Art) and Luke Dahl (Music & Electrical and Computer Engineering)

This project explores how new recording technologies (immersive video, spatial audio, and motion capture) can be used to document, preserve, and transmit embodied cultural practices of aboriginal communities in Australia’s Northern Territory. We have thus far visited and established a relationship with the community of Peppimenarti, and gathered initial 360 degree video and audio recordings of their ceremonial dances and music. In the upcoming phase we will travel to Australia to work with the community to gather motion capture data of these embodied cultural practices. This work will be the basis for creating an interactive immersive experience to preserve cultural heritage.