Nadia Comaneci 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, balance beam routine as a stop motion

This project started as an investigation into 2D shapes. I was interested in how shapes can represent data, and how when data is manipulated, the relationship between shapes changes to create unique patterns. My personal interest in Eastern Bloc gymnasts from the 1970s lead me to consider the shapes made in gymnastic sequences and explore whether it was possible to translate specific routines into a geometric language which could be formatted into prints. I began to experiment by taking key frames from footage of seminal gymnastic routines by the Eastern Bloc gymnasts. I started with Nadia Comaneci’s balance beam routine from the 1976 Olympic Games. I made a short animation and planned to study the shapes from each keyframe.

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