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Chris(Topher) Maraffi: Mimesis & Mocap: Realizing Craig’s Ubermarionette as the Synthespian of the Future

A hundred years ago Gordon Craig predicted the future invention of a theatrical medium that would create more believable stage characters.

Mimesis & Mocap (Avatar Theatre Live)

Over a hundred years ago Gordon Craig predicted the future invention of a theatrical medium that would create more believable stage characters, which he termed the Ubermarionette. Since then animated 3D synthespians have been designed in digital media, but have yet to be fully realized in live theatrical performances. Mimesis & Mocap is a realtime performance study where virtual and live actors interact and improvise together in a hybrid play space. This study utilizes motion capture technology to create a virtual rendition of the classic Marx Brother’s Mirror Game, played by a live actor and his digital double in a backstage dressing room between performances of Stop the Press