A technology that
can interpret and project cultural nuances onto a screen has been developed
by researchers at CityU.
as the Body Brush the technology, which merges art and computer science,
creates 3D paintings using the body as a brush.
applications is mapping the body movements of people from different cultural
backgrounds. Principal Investigator Prof Horace Ip said: Natural
body movements is inherently based on a persons cultural upbringing.
It would be interesting to see the differences. Body Brush, he says,
is an Eastern response to Americas Abstract Expressionism. Infrared
sensors pick up body movements of the painter who uses space
as a canvas.
Brush images: Chinese ink painting effect (left), and Body Brush artists
Data is translated by computer software developed by the researchers and
projected onto a screen resulting in motion line drawings similar to 3D
Chinese ink painting.
completed the Body Brush project, Prof Ip and his team are now working
on adding music to the painters motion in a research sequel named
Body Brush was earlier this year voted winner of the Austrian-based international
computer art competition, Prix Ars Electronica, in the Interactive Art
In Hong Kong,
there is interest in using Body Brush for a stage event to bring a new
dimension to cultural dance.
Prof Horace Ip: firstname.lastname@example.org