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Historical Movement Archive

Dedicated to the research, analysis and preservation of previously unavailable movement knowledge, and to making that knowledge available to researchers, historians, and movement artists around the world through state-of-the-art motion capture technology.

Research Concept

This multi-faceted research program is the result of a collaboration involving the Folger Shakespeare Library and Brad Alan Waller. The Historical Movement Archive is dedicated to research, analysis, and preservation of previously unavailable movement knowledge.

Research Program

The Historical Movement Archive Research Program is an international group of historical movement scholars, teachers, and performers that are working together to preserve their life’s work in historical martial arts, historical dance, and cultural movement art forms using interactive serious gaming platforms and emerging 3D teaching and live performance technologies.

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Research & Design

The Historical Movement Archive Motion Capture Studio will be created to serve as a research facility where the movement art forms of the past and present can be explored and preserved through state-of-the-art motion capture technology.

Digital Performance Space

The Historical Movement Archive Research Facility will develop the technical ability to serve as an online broadcast and live performance space, where historical movement research can be showcased and explored in performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and other events.

16th Century Footwork in Unity 3D

We are taking a 16th Century movement system from Giacomo de Grassi’s Italian treatise of 1570, and implementing that footwork system into the Unity game environment using an ancient movement rubric and a great deal of math.

Avatar Creation & Development

The Historical Movement Archive Motion Capture Studio will be created to serve as a research facility where the movement art forms of the past and present can be explored and preserved through state-of-the-art motion capture technology.

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The Historical Movement Archive & Studio

Historical movement

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.

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The Durer Avatar

One of our avatars used to portray all movements that have been taken by our motion capture equipment.

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The Hope Playhouse

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. 

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The Hope Playhouse Ingress

One of the ingresses of the Hope Playhouse, recreated in 3D from archived documents.

“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”

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.