She Danced Him into a Flat Spin

Ingrid Murphy

This project explores how 3D scanning, a VR environment, gestural movement and 3D printing can be used to create new interactive interpretations of historical artefacts. ‘She Danced Him into A Flat Spin’ is an interactive ceramic work produced for the ‘Cultural Icons’ project as part of the expanded British Ceramics Biennial 2019.

The work uses 3D scanning to capture a historical figurine of Highland Dancers, exploiting the scalability of digital forms, the object is scaled to life size and manipulated through dancing in a VR environment. A sequence of forms is created which moves from the representational to the abstract through movement, resized to the original scale the forms are printed and then casts are made to produce ceramic figures. The conductivity of the lustre is used as a conductive aerial for an embedded theremin allowing the objects to be played as instruments.

The project was supported by the Arts Council of England.

Exhibited at:

‘Cultural Icons’ Potteries and Museums Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent. 2019

Hove Museum, Nov 2019 – British Ceramics Biennial, Ceramic City Four Sites Project

Public Conference presentation at:

‘Seen and Unseen’ Paper: I Murphy, International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales.