Time // 2015


Client // Motion Bank Lab


Location // Frankfurt, Germany


Status // Exhibition Prototype


Type // Interactive Installation


Size // –


Bart//Bratke // Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke


Art Direction // Alexander Grasser, Marvin Bratke

The body – constant and indefinite at the same time – »bursts« the space already with its mere physicality, creating a first distinction between the self and its environment. Only the body movements create a reference to the otherwise invisible space.



The driving force behind the Syntax Error installation is the creation of a digital sculpture representation from recorded motion data of a dancer and blurring the lines between physical and digital realm through an interactive feedback loop. Syntax Error is a three-dimensional, digital metaphor of a real life process influenced by the precision, rich detail, fine mechanism and energy. The digital tectonics mostly capture the fragility of a dancer’s movement and therefore show the beauty of human inaccuracy in the syntax of a programmed dance sequence.

The digital sculpture is a representation of individual human interpretation and implies the attributes that contrast human behavior from mechanical perfection.

The project’s intent is to deliver a message of space, change, behavior, reaction, movement and flows through matter materialization and results in a digitally augmented eclecticism. One material creates different tectonics that represent persistence and change at the same time, like one dancer subjectively interprets the sound/music/directions in his/her performance differently.
Sara DeSantis, who delivered the dance performance, moves to an interactive noise field provided by KlingKlangKlong, where a simple modification of the random seed could iteratively create new versions of the video, each offering a different composition of the recorded performance. She was recorded by depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the images was later put together to a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud), doing so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process.