Movement in 3D
Using modern technologies to archive historical movement and performance arts.
The Historical Movement Archive
Motion capture technologies allow us to take historical and cultural movement and preserve it in a three-dimensional digital form. For the first time in history, modern technology is offering us the ability to preserve the movement depicted in antiquarian books and manuscripts. We can recreate and interpret the historical movement in digital form, so that it can be preserved, studied, archived, and shared all over the world.
Research Concept & Motivating Vision
The Historical Movement Archive combines many academic and movement disciplines into one research program and facility using modern technologies to archive historical movement and performance arts.
Research Program & Library
The collective endeavor of historical movement scholars, teachers, and performers working together to preserve their life’s work in historical and cultural movement art forms.
It is a ‘Gutenberg moment’
Research & Development
Digital Host Destination for Professionals
Imagine the digital Hope Bear Garden playhouse (which we have developed) being the digital Host Destination for movement professionals to get together as HMA studio Avatars or Volumetric Generated Avatars using simple Volumetric Capture Research Studio Setups and Holoportation.
Researchers meet online within the Hope Bear Garden 3D interactive virtual research environment and exchange high-end movement research and performance information from different parts of the world.
Live Virtual Experiences
The international movement community downloads and installs the Historical Movement Archive research application. Research participants log on and enter the digital Hope Bear Garden research game environment as HMA Studio Generated Avatars using any computer, smart phone, tablet, augmented reality or virtual reality device, to be viewed in three dimensions as if we were in the classroom or witnessing a live performance.
The Hope Bear Garden Digital Portal
The Historical Movement Archive has built from the archeological and historical record, a digital reconstruction of the Hope Bear Garden playhouse.
The HMA’s technical team has built a prototype 3-D research and performance gaming environment called the Hope Digital Host Destination.
We have built an online Digital Portal that enters the Hope digital host destination.
The Historical Movement Archive
Digital Research, Performance & Archive Platform
The Historical Movement Archive’s research and development of the 3D Digital Research, Performance, and Archive Performance Platform will focus on five main research and development areas:
Motion capture and volumetric capture technologies to accurately record the intricate details of historical and cultural movement.
Research tools for historical and cultural movement to download and easily incorporate into digital movement research applications.
Analytical tools to assist in the scientific method applied to digitized historical and cultural movement.
Advanced digital presentation and archiving technologies to preserve 3D historical and cultural movement knowledge.
Live broadcast and emerging augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality technologies to teach, research, gather together, and perform online in 3D, using holographic sharing, visualization, and holoportation.
Research Development &
The Historical Movement Archive’s Research and Development Program will be a collaboration that would be established with National and International Educational Institutions.
Historical Image-Based Avatar
Creation & Development
We have been successful in creating historical-based avatars to be studio-ready for the motion capture research, development, and ongoing studio work.
Scientific Methodologies Applied to Movement
Reconstruction & Analysis of Historical & Cultural Movement
The Historical Movement Archive has developed and put into place a professional research process and methodology for the reconstruction & analysis of historical and cultural movement.
The Historical Movement Archive’s Research and Training Program is the collective endeavor of an international group of historical and cultural movement scholars, teachers, and performers who are working together to preserve the heritage of their unique movement and performance art forms.
Research Tools to Assist the Scientific Method
Research Applications are used to communicate, collaborate in their research, translate, and physically train, in the arduous task of recreating and mastering the historical and cultural movement that will be motion captured, processed, analyzed, and archived.
Imagine the history of human movement being analyzed using the highest standards of research, contributing to the advancement of our understanding of biomechanics, kinesthetics, proprioception, neuroscience movement research, and the science of historical and cultural movement.
Digital Movement Nomogram Gaming Platform
Research & Development of a Prototype Digital Movement Nomogram Gaming Engine.
Scientific Methodologies Applied to Archeological Evidence
Reconstruction & Analysis of the Historical Record
Created from The Historical Record
The Historical Movement Archive has used emerging 3D technologies and developed a process and methodology to integrate the historical record in text and images with archaeological excavation evidence to recreate in digital form this 16th century playhouse called the Hope Bear Gardens.
A Guided Video Walk-through
Take a guided tour through the Hope Playhouse and learn more about the goals and intentions for a virtual space for researchers to gather, exchange, and preserve movement knowledge and culture.
Self-lead Virtual Tour
Make your way through the Hope Bear Garden Playhouse utilizing our Historical Movement Archive 3D viewer.
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how you can help
Support the Archive
Imagine an international group of historical movement scholars, teachers, and performers working together to preserve their life’s work in historical martial arts, historical dance, and cultural movement art forms, using developing motion capture and gaming platform technologies.
This is what we strive to do at the Historical Movement Archive. Your generous contribution will help support the archive moving forward.
a word from founder and director
Brad Alan Waller
“For the first time in history, modern technology is offering us the ability to preserve the movement depicted in these books and manuscripts so that it can be preserved, shared, and studied all over the world. It is a ‘Gutenberg moment’ for historical movement and movement research.”