Kataklyzein is a collaborative project undertaken by Rachel J Mah, Blake William Jürmann, Bryce Pemberton and Lily Wood for the UTS Data Arena 360° space, supervised by Chris Bowman and Holger Deuter. Grounded in theoretical concepts that revolve around motion capture technology using the body movement modalities of the award-winning Australian choreographer, Dean Walsh.
The objective of this project is to address the brief by the National Maritime Museum for a animation for the Data Arena (a 360-degree cinematic screen space) as the centre-piece of the exhibition, as part of an exhibition on river ecology.
Our investigation into the theme of 'Estuary' resulted in a focus on the phenomenon of the halocline, which is the interaction between the gradient of saltwater and freshwater within marine cave systems. Due to the difference in temperature as well as relative density, both bodies do not mix, creating a fascinating appearance of two distinct layers within the water column; the cloudy, denser saltwater below, and the clear freshwater on top.
Having defined the three different interacting bodies which were also representative of Dean Walsh's three different modalities, Arthropod, Cephalopod and Siphonophore, we created a visual representation of each of them & attached Dean's motion capture data through Maya, MotionBuilder and After Effects.
Over a period of a fortnight, our visuals experienced various changes and revisions through experimentation, as our team-based goals and objectives of this project became clearer, resulting our 360 degree work for the UTS Data Arena, ‘KATAKLYZEIN’ (named after the Greek words for 'flood' and 'submersion', as well as the origin of the English word 'cataclysm).
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