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Historical Movement Archive Research Concept

In this video, Brad Waller discusses the Historical Movement Archive's Research concept.

Historical Movement Archive Research Program

In this video, Brad Waller discusses the Sword and the Pen Research program.

Hope Bear Gardens: Research and Design

Brad Waller talks about the Hope Bear Gardens Studio research and design.

Hope Bear Gardens: Digital Performance Space

In this video, Brad Waller goes into detail about the Hope Bear Gardens Digital Performance Space.

16ᵗʰ Century Footwork in Unity3D

Brad Waller talks about integrating 16ᵗʰ century footwork into the Unity3D game environment.

Avatar Creation and Development

Brad Waller discusses the creation of the avatars used within the Historical Movement Archive

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The Historical Movement Archive

Different art forms such as paintings, writings, photographs, and even videos found throughout history have been preserved to ensure that future generations can experience the past. However, no one has been able to truly archive historical movement as technologies, such as motion capture, have not been refined enough until today. The Historical Movement Archive was created for that exact purpose, to preserve historical movement as it should be: in motion. Everything from cultural martial arts, and dance will be preserved and made available to researchers and the curious alike at our facility, and digitally, through motion capture broadcasting technologies, and new practices in digital archiving.

2019 Research Summit

Learn about the topics discussed at our research summit at the Workhouse Art Center.

Crowdfunding Campaign

We have recently begun a crowdfunding campaign to fund more of our historic research.

Tang Dynasty Playhouse

Learn all about our new playhouse 3D environment from the Tang Dynasty of China.

One of our avatars used to portray all movements that have been taken by our motion capture equipment.
An example of a motion captured animation is available to be played on the avatar in our in development 3D viewer.
The Hope Playhouse, displayed in our 3D viewer. It was designed using archived texts and pictures from its time to accurately size and recreate where Shakespeare’s plays were once viewed. 
One of the ingresses of the Hope Playhouse, recreated in 3D from archived documents 
The Durer avatar, rendered inside the Hope Bear Gardens Digital Performance space.


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.”

Brad Alan Waller

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.