Map of Greeting Body Gestures

During Computational Design couse at Pilot Year- CIID, we looked at software as a concept for describing processes, as a medium for describing interactivity, and as a tool for telling stories. The ‘Processing‘ programming environment was the tool of choice.

This is a small investigation in to the difference of body movement when people from different cultures greet each other. We asked five people to perform greetings typical in their cultures.?The body movements were studied in respect head and hand movement, using a Wii remote to measure changes in accelerations and tilts. This enables us to understand differences and similarities between greetings.

In Processing, the recorded values from head and hand movements of different greeting gestures have been converted in to lines. The length of each line represents the values and these are mapped between respective angles of body movement. Finally all the movement maps are combined together in respect to the body.

I have used visuals to create a simple map of head and hand movements, to understand different gestural patterns. Changes in acceleration and tilt values recorded from Wii remote have been mapped as lines over time. All the maps have been overlapped to see overall movement patterns? These visualisations may be seen as a direct projection of each culture and their methods of greeting people, which may be full of respect, joy, excitement, discipline, love and fun.

   Final poster    Different greeting body gestures    Sketching with Wii remote    GROWTH - other processing exercise