Intro to Motion Capture for VR with Eric Souther and Yunda Sun – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

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Intro to Motion Capture for VR with Eric Souther and Yunda Sun

August 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm EDT

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 1–4 pm
Free or suggested donation
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Instructor: Eric Souther, IEA Media Arts Project Director & Associate Professor of Video Art assisted by Yunda Sun, EA Research Associate

Led by former Workspace Resident Eric Souther, this hands-on workshop will introduce the creative uses of motion capture and 3D scanning for the creation of immersive experiences. Motion capture allows anyone to animate a humanoid avatar with the simple movement of their body in real-time. This allows for the performative and rapid development of animations for use in game engines, augmented reality applications, and virtual film production. 3D scanning allows creators to easily create digital models from physical objects. This workshop will focus on the creative use of these technologies for the creation of VR experiences within the Unreal 5 Game Engine.

* Workshop space is limited. Masks required. Free masks are available.

Bio of the instructors

Eric Souther is a new media artist who draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, ritual, critical theory, and New Materialism. He develops video instruments that investigate technological & cultural ecologies, agency, and emergence. He looks for new ways of seeing beyond the seductive qualities of an image, and to find unseen connections that help us understand our digital and non-digital existence. His work takes many pathways, which include single-channel video, interactive installation, projection mapping, print, virtual reality, and audiovisual performance.

His work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, and the Museum of Art, Zhangzhou, China. His work has screened in The Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Cronosfera Festival, Alessandria, Italy, the Galerija 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade, Serbia, the Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania, and the Festival ECRÃ of Audiovisual Experimentations, Rio de Janeiro.

In 2016, Eric won the Juried Award for Time-Based at the international art competition ArtPrize. He received his B.F.A. in New Media from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009 and his M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2011. He currently is an Associate Professor of Video Art in the Division of Expanded Media at NYSCC at Alfred University.

This project is made possible with funds from the NYSCA in Partnership with Wave Farm: Immersive Art & Technology Initiative, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Image courtesy of Eric Souther.


August 20, 2022
1:00 pm– 4:00 pm EDT
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