With Kinect, Dancing Is Converted Into Animated Sand

The Mummy is real.

Here’s an amazing video of what dancing looks like when it’s visualized as a dynamic sand sculpture:


Artists Daniel Franke and Cedric Kiefer used Kinect to record a dancer’s movements to Machinefabriek’s spooky electronic track “Kreukeltape.” Then, they strung together the images to create a 3-D point cloud of her body in 3ds Max. Made of 22,000 points, the cloud has the fragile fury of a sandstorm, as the dancer dips and shimmies and flails her limbs all over the place. It’s Pina, with a touch of The Mummy thrown in.

[Images courtesy of Daniel Franke; h/t Creative Applications]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.