LuYang BMW Art Journey Project – Bali Capture recording from LuYang on Vimeo.

LuYang BMW Art Journey Project – Part 1 – Behind the Scenes from LuYang on Vimeo.

Pop Dancer : kEnkEn
Legong Dancer : Ni Kadek Sudarmanti
Baris Dancer(warrior Dance) : Dewa Putu Selamat Raharja
Kebyar Duduk Dancer : I Wayan Purwanto
Rangda Dancer : I Made Sukadana
Mocap Studio Location : Studio Pedalangan, SMK Negera 3 Sukawati,Jln Taak Indah, Batubulan, Gianyar, Bali
Shooting Location : Pura Muntur, Br.Guliang, Pejeng, Gianyar, Bali
General Coordinator : I Wayan Purwanto and Yoko Yamada (Akar Media)
Technical support : FACEGOOD

 

At the last Hong Kong Art Basel, I was lucky to be selected as the winner of the BMW Art Journey. With the support of BMW Art Journey, I am now able to materialize a project that I have been dreaming about for years.

Tremendous time and effort are required to prepare a journey like this. Thus, my journey was not able to commence until January of 2020. My project is relatively complex compared to those of other artists previously selected for the BMW Art Journey, especially since it uses advanced technology, which is costly. I would like to take this opportunity to once again extend my gratitude to BMW for their relentless support and assistance.

We have encountered numerous technical difficulties as we got to this point. The creation of top-notch virtual and digital human and facial micro-expression is one of the greatest challenges we had. We spent several months conducting research globally for potential partners in this area. We set up many meetings to explore the feasibility of the plan. Finally, we decided to partner with facegood, from China, to work on the most technically- sophisticated aspects of the project. facegood possesses the most advanced patent technology in China to capture facial micro-expression. I invited facegood to join me in advancing my BMW Art Journey. Their technology is capable of capturing facial expressions and body actions on the spot. The digital capturing we did in Indonesia turned out to be highly professional. I am excited about seeing the fruits of the post production by facegood, in which virtual digital human renderings will be created with matching action data.

We captured dance motion data from four dancers during our stay in Indonesia. They were renowned dancing actor Kebyar Duduk, Wayan Purwanto, who helped arrange for all indoor action capture and outdoor shootings, Legong dancer Ni Kadek Sudarmanti, Rangda dancer Made Sukadana, and warrior dancer Dewa Putu Selamat Raharja. The four sets of captured motion are highly representative of Indonesian dance traditions. The facial micro-expressions and action data of these dancers will be used in the final artwork I will create after the Art Journey.

We captured dance motion data from four dancers during our stay in Indonesia. They were renowned dancing actor Kebyar Duduk, Wayan Purwanto, who helped arrange for all indoor action capture and outdoor shootings, Legong dancer Ni Kadek Sudarmanti, Rangda dancer Made Sukadana, and warrior dancer Dewa Putu Selamat Raharja. The four sets of captured motion are highly representative of Indonesian dance traditions. The facial micro-expressions and action data of these dancers will be used in the final artwork I will create after the Art Journey.

In addition, with the support of the Japan Foundation, we were also able to connect with PARCO in Tokyo, which lead us to invite kEnkEn, a celebrated young dancer from Tokyo, to join us in Bali Indonesia for data capturing. Not only did we finish the data collection of kEnkEns facial and body gestures, he also managed to stage a spontaneous dance battle with local dancers at the doorsteps of a temple in Bali. Such precious, meaningful moments will be reflected in the documentary on the production of this artwork.

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