On reflection

Theo Papatheodorou / Jesse Wolpert

Since the first movie musical back in 1927, film audiences have delighted in seeing bodies in motion on the big screen. Movements etched into our minds.

Liza Minelli’s cabaret performance with a chair.

Gene Kelly singing joyously in the rain.

And the iconic lift scene in Dirty Dancing.

Thousands of poses, all contained within our minds and our bodies, now accessible in this interactive artwork.

Using a camera and machine learning, this installation tracks the participant’s movements and finds matching dance poses in musicals. When the participant stops moving, the clip from the matching musical starts playing.

Written in python with MediaPipe pose detection and openFrameworks.