Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and Executive Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration at the University of Georgia
DARWIN Animator: A custom animation tool that combines real-time, pre-recorded, and parametric animation.
I’m interested in the division between live animation, pre-rendered animation, and parametric animation. My work incorporates all three of these approaches, and DARWIN Animator is designed to combine all three (with a series of real-time puppetry controls, the ability to record robotic motions, and the ability to move smoothly from one pose to another, either as a technique to create animations or as a way to transition between pre-recorded motions). My work explores the rich relationship between robotics and puppetry, and the point(s) at which a robot ceases to be a puppet, i.e. the extension of a human performer, and becomes a performer in its own right.
BIO: David Saltz is Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and Executive Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration at the University of Georgia. He was Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Virtual Vaudeville project, and has explored the intersection of media and performance extensively in his work as a scholar, director, and installation artist. His directorial projects have been discussed in histories of multimedia performance including Dixon’s Digital Performance. His recent work focuses on robotic theatre, and his 2013 piece Commedia Robotica, starring the robot Zeeb Zob, was featured in the New York Times. He has published widely and is former editor of Theatre Journal.