Galateca Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2015Video installation, 2 channels, 4'
Promenade explores how motion can both define and transcend the categories that divide living organisms. The 3D animations propose assemblages of trees, humans, and other animals. Trees are like a moving urban furniture that animate our daily lives. While this constant presence and motion is rarely observed consciously, trees have profound effects on the rhythm of life, and on our moods and emotions. To allow for realistic 3D animations, motion capture (MOCAP) technologies have become increasingly important. There are now online stores with extensive collections of these files for sale, trading stock human movements. As capturing motion data for other animals is more difficult, there are many MOCAPs of people enacting various animal movements. Taking these abstracted animal movements as they are performed by humans, and applying them to tree structures, reveals the similarities and differences between how living things move and our expectations of their movement.