Looking at Shirley – MoCap Research Project

Looking at Shirley – MoCap Research Project


about the piece

“Looking at Shirley” is a research project about the use of MoCap procedures in a live situation. How can a workflow be developed that organically unites both the technical and the content-related aspects?

The project is also based on the history of the “Shirley Cards” and uses this historical example to examine the effects of a technologically implemented racial bias on the self-perception of black people. On this background, we would like to develop a piece and try to lay the technical foundations for it with this research.

We have decided to work live with a motion capture suit. This set-up allows an actor to immerse herself live in different visual worlds. It is possible to edit faces live but also to let the whole person act in pre-programmed 3D models.

Search period from 01.06.2021 to 31.12.2021



Concept: Christoph Winkler | Dance: Lois Alexander | Camera: Kimani Schumann | Postprodution Audio: Paolo Pizzuto |  3D Art Direction: Alessandra Leone | 3D design and modelling: Martin Böttger | MoCap recording: Matthias Härtig | Programming: Frederic Tachaoui | Technical dramaturgy and collaboration: Fabian Eichner | Production management: Laura Biagioni

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the programme NEUSTART KULTUR,
[support programme DIS-TANZEN/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and with funds from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.