Dance with flARmingos: Multispecies Dance

Dance with flARmingos: Multispecies Dance, Print Screen Festival, Holon Cinematheque, Israel. Photo credit: Print Screen Festival.


Dance with flARmingos: Multispecies Dance, Roaming Night: Alien Minds Program, Print Screen Festival, June 22, 2017.


Dance with flARmingos: Multispecies Dance, Screen recording of flamingos animated by humans via motion capture data and Kinect sensor.
A Mixed Reality experience that features a dance between humans and virtual flamingos, and pays homage to the flamingo - a consummate showman and embattled victim of environmental neglect - by staging a kinship from an ethical distance.
A Kinect iteration premiered at Print Screen Festival on June 22, 2017. The project integrates Lucas's own motion data, her adopted wild flamingos' migration data, and live motion capture via Kinect sensor, respectively, to animate a flock of virtual flamingos, spatialize sound, and bring multiple participants into a world where they can dance with flamingos as flamingo avatars. The experience begins with participants consuming a flamingo-diet inspired elixir designed by a mixologist to jolt the senses, pre-conditioning them for an Alternate Reality experience. Spatial panning of flamingo voices simulates the migration patterns of Lucas's adopted flamingos and segues into a rotating playlist of flamingo-inspired songs, titled "flamingo", by recording artists over a 70-year time span. Production support provided through an Augmented/Virtual Reality Artist Residency at Oregon Story Board and a Digital Art Residency co-sponsored by Yafo Creative and Print Screen Festival.
A HoloLens iteration is currently being developed with production support provided in part by Oregon Story Board, a Harvestworks Digital Arts Center Residency, a Pioneer Works Technology Residency, and a research grant from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Hololens with co-presence detection. Oregon Story Board. Recorded on Hololens 12/15/2016. View on YouTube.



Motion Capture recording of flamingo behaviour. Oregon Story Board. 12-13-2016. View on YouTube.


FlARmingos flock animated with human motion capture. Screen recording in Unity. View on YouTube.


FlARmingos flock on HTC Vive. Screen recording and phone recording. View on YouTube.