Motion Structures by Everardo Reyes: Visualizing a moving image sequence as a 3D shape

Motion Structures is a new project by Everardo Reyes (Associate professor, Information and Communication, University of Paris 13, and an active member of our lab). Using ImageJ (the same open source science software for image analysis we use in the lab to develop custom plugins ImagePlot, ImageMontage, and ImageSlice), Everardo developed a new plugin. The tool takes any image sequence (film, video, animation) and translates into a 3D shape. The shape encodes spatial and temporal transformation in a moving image sequence.

The shape can be represented as perspectival images or printed in 3D. Here is one example from Motion Structures - a 5 second segment from Games of Thrones, visualized as a 3D shape:

Motion Structures is not the first project to extract the structure of a moving image sequence and represent in a new way. The early 20th century examples include work by Étienne-Jules Marey and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth (see my article Visualizing Vertov for the discussion).

More recently, we saw Ghostcatching by Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar (1999), The Invisible Shapes of Things Past by Art+Com (1995-2007), Cinemetrics by Frederic Brodbeck (2011), and a number of other projects which all use computers.

Everardo adds his own unique take on how moving images can be converted into new visual representations; and since he made available his software tool, everybody can apply to other films, videos, TV shows, recordings of dance and other performances, and all other genres of moving images.

Open to academics, programmers, visualization designers: Distinguished Fellowships in Digital Humanities at The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Apply for 2014-2015 Distinguished Fellowships at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

This is open not only to academics (with Ph.D., any level) but also to people doing Digital Humanities related work (programming, visualization, journalism, etc.) 

Note: Deadline for applications was extended November 13.

The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, invites applicants for Distinguished Fellowships in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theoretical Sciences for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Applicants should have outstanding records of published research and scholarship. For the academic year 2014-2015, preference will be given to scholars working in the areas of Immigration, Inequality and the Digital Humanities.

Distinguished Fellows are provided with office space, a computer, and access to the Graduate Center’s academic infrastructure. Depending on their category of membership (see below), they will also receive either a stipend or teaching release. In return, they are expected to carry out their work regularly at the Graduate Center, which is located in Midtown at 365 Fifth Avenue, and to participate in the intellectual and academic community of ARC and the Graduate Center. In practice, this means using their office on a regular basis, attending ARC events, giving presentations to a seminar and/or a public audience, sharing work-in-progress with doctoral students and mentoring them in a research praxis seminar and individual sessions organized for this purpose.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows: for scholars and researchers who are not employed by the City University of New York. A Distinguished Visiting Fellow will receive a stipend of $72,000 for two semesters or $36,000 for one semester.

Fellowships are also available for CUNY faculty.

For more information and application forms please visit the application website:

The deadline for applications is November 13, 2013. 

Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2014.