One of the foundational images of motion capture, Etienne Jules Marey, chronophotographs from "The Human Body in Action," Scientific American (1914). By this time Marey had migrated from pure photography to abstraction, where strips of highly reflective material were applied to the limbs of a subject otherwise draped in black, so only the key elements of motion were registered. The checkerboard allowed speed to be measured by also capturing a clock.
The Fusion of Dance and Motion Capture Asphyxia is an experimental film project directed by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips. Artists explore human movement through motion capture technology. The team used two Xbox Kinect sensor to capture the movements of the dancer Shiho Tanaka then rendered the data produced in a photo-realistic environment.
Nir Arieli has an eye for motion, capturing breathtaking snapshots of male dancers as they perform arabesques allongé across ethereal spaces. His series, entitled "Tension," combines the intimacy of portraiture with the artful layering of digital photography, producing dizzying images that pay homage to the beauty of the male form.
English artist Richard Stainthorp captures the beautiful energy and fluidity of the human body using wire. The life-sized sculptures feature both figures in motion and at rest, expressed in the form of large-gauged strands that are densely wrapped around and through one another. By doing this, he gives the work an undeniable presence