Introduction to Motion Capture and Augmented Reality with LaJuné McMillian

This class is co-presented by Pioneer Works and the New York Public Library, and is part of a series of classes and tutorials offered in conjunction with NYPL's Tech Kits for Performing Artists program. View Series

In this workshop, participants will create their first basic Augmented Reality project using Web XR. This workshop will also provide an introduction to avatar and motion capture creation using Deepmotion. No prior experience with these tools are needed.

Date: This in-person workshop will meet on Friday, March 11, 18, and 25 from 3-4pm in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Cafe

Price: Free

Audience: Open to all Tech Kit users

Materials: Tech Kit (limited number of tech kits available to check out onsite)

LaJuné is a Multidisciplinary Artist, and Educator creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black Realities and the Black Imagination. LaJune believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to decommodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being.

LaJuné has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, Leaders in Software and Art, Creative Tech Week, and Art & Code's Weird Reality. LaJuné was previously the Director of Skating at Figure Skating in Harlem, where they integrated STEAM and Figure Skating to teach girls of color about movement and technology. They have continued their research on Blackness, movement, and technology during residencies and fellowships at the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Barbarian Group, and Barnard College.

Tech Kits for Performing Artists is made possible by generous grants from The NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Ford Foundation, and the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Tech Programs at Pioneer Works are supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Classes at Pioneer Works are made possible by Sandeman Port.