John Ensor Parker’s “The Human Condition”

Artist John Ensor Parker has been busy. Check out his latest “The Human Condition” for the Klick Health “Klick Ideas Exchange” held in Philadelphia. John enlisted the help of some of his long time friends and cohorts to pull it off. Glowing Bulbs lent a hand in the mapping design and animation. For the actual physical projection mapping WorldStage used Christie Digital WU14K-M Series projectors on the geometry and a dedicated Christie HD10K-M Series for the hero screen; two d3 Technologies 4x2pros served up the content. WorldStage also brought in a surround sound system and a light rig.

John designed the geometric set and Your Solid Angle did the engineering, fabrication, and install. Some pretty high profile speakers were on hand including former President Bill Clinton and Juan Enriquez.  Nice stuff!

Check out some of John’s other work HERE

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Barco HDX W20FLEX Review

The following is a review I did for PLSN magazine in June. It’s quite the projector and I was able to clip some quick video together as well.

The problem with new technology and gear is that you usually only get to put your hands on it the day before a gig, or worse, actually ON the gig. I’ll admit- under duress is usually the best way to learn a piece of gear, but not exactly the most stress-free activity in the world. So I was delighted to be able to get my hands on the Barco HDX W20 Flex actually IN a shop and not under any time gun or a client breathing down my neck.

The Barco HDX W20 Flex is their latest addition Read the rest of this page »

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Get back on it!

A great piece of advice I’m sure we’ve all received at some point in our lives. I know- it’s been quite a while since I’ve been active on the ‘Freak. A lot happens in life and things get rearranged all the time, but there’s been so many cool things happening in projection (and the video world in general) recently that it’s time to get back on the damn horse and ride. Not sure if I’ll start up the podcast just yet and I think I’m just going to focus on a couple of good posts per week. Let’s see how it goes….a little preview for Monday next week- John Ensor Parker gives us a peek at a recent mapping he did for a think tank set design. Also up will be a review I did on the new Barco HDX W20 FLEX for PLSN magazine as well as a bunch of other goodies.

Hopefully most of you still check back from time to time and I hope the lack of activity hasn’t waned your enthusiasm for Projectionfreak.

Allrighty. I gotta go saddle up.

Cake mapping – for real!

Check out this cake getting video mapped. I would’ve done this if I hadn’t been married so long ago. Very cool effects! But it doesn’t really make for a gorgeous cake when eating it, no?

Pomplamoose Video Killed the Radio Star

Yes. Yes, it did. Killed it quite completely. And this video is just as cool, if not cooler, than Pomplamoose’s previous one.

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Luftwerk at Farnsworth House

You know we’re fans of architecture and also Luftwerk. But the duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallardo are teaming up again to illuminate the iconic Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. You may recall Luftwerk’s treatment of Falling Water…a projectionmapping treat on one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s seminal works that we featured here. Projecting onto highly valued, protected works of architectural magnificence is not inexpensive. Luftwerk has initiated a Kickstarter campaign called INsite, to help fund the Farnsworth project so if you feel compelled, head on over to their site and kick a few bucks towards it. The Farnsworth House is one of my personal faves in the mid-century lexicon, in fact the house I grew up in closely resembles the lines. They do good work and your help would be most appreciated.

INsite Study No1, Photo by Kate Joyce

From their press release:

Luftwerk launches Kickstarter Campaign
The artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, also known as Luftwerk have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund INsite, a temporary public art
experience that transforms Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into a canvas of light and sound.
“Based on an architectural video mapping test in the fall of 2012 we feel destined to make INsite a public experience. We are very excited to launch this campaign now and hope to illuminate the Farnsworth House in October 2014 after dark with funds raised by May 31st through Kickstarter.”
INsite intends to bring a new experience to the Farnsworth House that will attract new audiences and celebrate the lasting relevance of the architecture. By choosing Kickstarter as a way to support INsite, Luftwerk hopes to excite the community and build the audience for the fall installation. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mies enthusiasts and architecture lovers to see this icon of modern architecture in a new light.
Luftwerk’s fundraising goal is $25,000, which will support project development and equipment needs, as well as the installation and operation of the exhibit. Ten video projectors, encased in weatherproof housing, will display a seamless composition that highlights the structural minimalism of the Farnsworth House and its glass walls from the exterior to the interior. The video installation will be accompanied by an original music composition by Owen Clayton Condon, a Chicago based percussionist and composer and former member of Third Coast Percussion.
Luftwerk has delighted and illuminated viewers with a history of completing major commissions on landmark architecture. In 2011 they illuminated one of America’s most extraordinary buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. “Celebrating 75 years of Art in Nature” was followed by a site-specific video installation “Luminous Field” (2012) that transformed Millennium Park into a digital playground, attracting over 65,000 visitors in only ten nights.”

PointCloud Media Proof-of-Concept for Pools

Our friends over at PointCloud Media just did a proof-of-concept for a project called “Raylight4D”, a really cool projectionmapping system for pools. Although details are necessarily quiet, Jack Hattingh explains, “The test was done with a ##### projector and the most beautiful thing is that the ambient light above the water does not affect the image.. the contrast ratio is pretty good and you can get good results with less projectors. 3D projections on water are typically cheaper, since they require less projectors compared with 3D building projections; and typically, no permits are required to use pool sites for projection mapping. Essentially, pools are also more conducive to projection mapping because of their low ambient lighting, color, and ubiquity.”

Mermaids, sharks, disappearing sand….pools make a perfect mapping surface! Next step- motion tacking interactivity???
Check out some of Jack’s other work HERE, or head over to PointCloud’s website and check it out!

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