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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.”
www.luftwerk.net

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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Pomplamoose Projectionmapping- Happy AND Lucky!

I love small-scale mapping projects. Pomplamoose put together this yummy little vid using one projector and a bunch of foam core- done to their mashup of Happy and Get Lucky. It would seem that after a little studying, they’re only using Final Cut and the rendering/mapping engine, which earns very high marks from me! The fact that objects move in-and-out of frame with striking precision is not so amazing (there’s lots of software to adjust this, and having exatly measured foam-core helps)- the creative thing here is the use of timing and ….well….boobs as eyeballs. Enjoy!

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3-Sweep FTW?

Software so easy, it removes all artistic skill….

I know, there are a lot of people that this new piece of software will piss off.

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Box- Just Look At It

It’s exquisite. It’s everything I dreamed of when I was a kid- robotics, in-camera film effects, precision. The San Francisco based firm of Bot & Dolly has pretty much upped the game for everything involving projectionmapping in real-time and combined it with extreme robotic film making. It seems a natural progression though, and I can’t think of anyone more capable and qualified to do it. But before we give in to our Robot Overlords, let’s remember they still need to be told what to do. It’s just that they do it over and over again with ridiculous precision and razor-accuracy. I don’t know what they used for projectors, but I suppose it wouldn’t take much in terms of lumens for a project like this. Projection software on the other hand was accomplished with Touchdesigner. As advanced as Touchdesigner is, the more you watch what they’re doing with the Iris robotic arm the more you realize that projectionmapping is the easy part. They have an entire array of tools at their disposal- BD Live, BD Time, and the stunning BD Wheel- a hand-held control wheel that allows you to scrub through a shot or attenuate playback speed. If you’ve ever been to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and seen their toy manufacturing display – this is like that x1000. They have a couple of Motoman robotic arms that you can race and play against…but this scale is entirely different.
Iris

bdwheel

It’s not hard to discern where or how the effects are in-camera, but the marriage of the elements is what overwhelms me about Box. That, and the sound. That first big whoosh at 1:24 is just plain sensual.

Tobias Kinnebrew of B&D explains: “Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on robotically controlled moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly created this work as both an artistic statement and a technical demonstration. It is the product of an experience vision realized through the integration of multiple technologies pivoting on our software platform BD Movetm for precision control of robotics.” It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to extrapolate where you can go with this type of gear on a film set. With the extreme precision and playback capabilities, the possibilities are truly endless. I gotta get out to the coast and see this in person. That’s all there is to it.

Absolute heaven. Dig it!

Box from Bot & Dolly on Vimeo.

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digitalprojection on Shortlist for AV Awards

From AV Interactive:
Digital Projection, the UK based manufacturer of DLP projectors, has been shortlisted for the best ‘Specialist projector of the year’ in the annual prestigious AV Awards.

The projector has been recognised for its 20,000 lumen output from such a small and compact chassis, and the overall winner will be announced on 11th October 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in London, UK.

showimage.ashxCommenting on the shortlisting, Dermot Quinn, COO & Director of Development said, ” The remit set for the Development Team was to create a projector with the luminance and colour performance traditionally associated with Xenon, but with the compactness, reliability and low cost of ownership of mercury lamp technology. Highly specialised, software controlled cooling has been developed to keep each lamp within its ideal thermal operating range, the performance of each arc being constantly monitored to maintain coupling efficiency over life. The result is not only very a high initial light output, but also exceptional lumen maintenance over the lamps life.Comprehensive video processing and fully automatic, user-friendly HDMI 1.4 3D offers flicker free 120Hz frame rate capability. These ultra high bandwidth inputs with zero latency compliment the Warp, Blend, and PIP to offer a projector for any venue”

They’re up against the Panny PT-DZ21K 20k and the Epson EB-G6900WU. No word on the over/under for this race, but my money’s on DP.

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Touch In-N-Out Meetup in Brooklyn this Friday!

For you Touchdesigner followers, Touch In-N-Out Meetup is in Brooklyn this Friday Sept. 6th. Dev Harlan and Barry Threw will be on hand to discuss their work with Touchdesigner and give attendees a rare glimpse into the world of this great piece of software and it’s influence on the industry. Head over to TouchIn NYC to RSVP and get directions. If you’re anywhere near the Eastern Seaboard and want to attend an incredible session- this would be the one!

Rumor has it there will be a live stream, so stay tuned- I’ll post a link if one becomes available.

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