Sunday, December 14, 2008

Digital Puppetry with Animata

Animata is open source real-time animation software, "designed to create animations, interactive background projections for concerts, theatre and dance performances". The goal of Animata is to make it really easy to create scenes with digital puppets that can be controlled via physical sensors, microphones or cameras.

Animata is another very promising digital puppetry system and it's already been used for a couple of interesting projects. Animata Jazz Pub is an interesting demo that shows how the Animata software can be used to react to live audio input. Reverse Shadow Theatre (seen above) is an installation that was created with Animata, inspired by Wayang Kulit, an Indonesian form of shadow puppet theatre.

If you want to try playing around with the software yourself, the Animata software can be downloaded for free for both the Mac and PC. The source is licensed under the GPL and can also be downloaded from Google Code.

Reverse Shadow Theatre link via Mary Robinette-Kowal.

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