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AULET Report - "Choreographing Space" by Hendrik Wiese

AULET Report - "Choreographing Space" by Hendrik Wiese

"Choreographing Space" is an installation by Hendrik Wiese (Department of Digital Methods in Architecture) to investigate motion capture as an architectural design tool, which was developed and implemented as part of the AULET research incentive programme.

In art and architecture, there has always been an intense interest in the representation of human movement and the relationship of the human body to its surroundings. This creative exploration has often been stimulated by technological innovations such as photography and video technology. One example of this is chronophotography, which made it possible for the first time to capture sequences of movement over time. This technology inspired artists such as Marcel Duchamp to create his work Nude Descending a Staircase No.2 (1912).

Motion capture represents a further development step in this series. This technology, which originated in the film industry, makes it possible to record human movements in three dimensions and then transfer them to computer-generated characters.


Investigating how motion capture can be used in architecture harbours the potential to redefine the relationship between movement, time and space. In the future, this could expand the possibility of designing architecture more specifically for human movement requirements.

The installation Choreographing Space tests the use of motion capture to transform human movement into a spatial structure. The aim of the project implemented as part of AULET-15 was specifically to design and realise an expansive textile installation that was created on the basis of motion data recorded on site.

Choreographing Space was opened in the large foyer of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape as part of the Tuesdays at 6 event series and subsequently exhibited for a week.