Stephen Surlin

3D Printing, AfroFuturism, Audio, Design, Film, MaxMSP, Process, Wearable Technology

The making of Mexe: Capoeira X Wearable Tech

The making of Mexe: Capoeira X Wearable Tech

Mexe (pronounced /mesh/ Portuguese for move) is a contemporary dance performance inspired by the Afro-Brazilian dance and martial art, capoeira. Mexe aims to traces the roots of capoeira from Angola to colonial Brazil and finally to the international phenomenon it has become today in Toronto.
-Text from MaziArt, http://maziart.ca/upcoming/mexe/

 

Being the technology director for the Mexe: Capoeira X Wearable Technology project, I was tasked with the creation of interactive sensor systems, live audio triggering and 3D printing.

The 3D printing was done using my PrintrBot Simple Metal 3D Printer. I used a standard face model and manipulated it to become fragmented and decimated. The mask was then customized to fit the face of the actor.

 

Sensors and Audio

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3D Printed Mask

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