Another really cool project from our friends at NYX Visual- ‘Electric Bit’. Louis De Castro says they developed the concept to be shot on the back wall of a new very futuristic venue in Paris: l’Electric. “Our setup was done using a custom built quartz composer rig. It’s based on the “Tracked User” functionality of the kinect camera, importing only the silhouettes of the persons moving in front of it. The feed was pixelized according to the wall sculpture grid then used as a mask to play media content and interact with various effects (color, speed etc…). We then remapped the video feed using MadMapper. Creating a new surface for every pixel then mapping it to each pyramid, we covered the maximum space our video projector could provide. The result was a 8bit looking tracking funhouse installation played by the audience of the night.”
When I was a kid growing up on the West Coast, the hot ticket in shoes was to own a pair of Vans. They ultimately became the de-facto skate/surf/grunge wear shoe-of-choice when they came out with the slip-on version (still are AFAIK). The beauty of Vans at that point (early 80′s) was that they were still quite boutique and you could pick and choose different colors/fabrics for the various designs they had. If you were reeeaallllly cool, you could take (as I did) your own fabric in and have them make a pair for you.
Fast forward 30 years and you get the following. (more…)
Mapping Festival 2013 is about to get under way in Geneva so get tickets NOW. There’s something for everybody- installations, VJing, and workshops on mapping and stage design from the likes of Boris Edelstein, Joanie LeMercier, and Phillipe Chaurand.
“The Mapping Festival is a multidisciplinary festival dedicated to audiovisual arts and digital cultures. As the sole broadcasting space of this magnitude in Switzerland, the festival is now also recognised internationally, and this with the richness of programming. Mapping Festival offers every year audiovisual performances, installations, clubbing parties, live performances, architectural mapping, as well as workshops and conferences.
Thanks to this unique diversity aspect, the festival is recognised throughout the world as an major event, a real experimental meeting space, for creation and exchange with its innovative thinking in the field of audiovisual arts.
Now in its eighth edition, the Mapping Festival has steadily grown and has become one of the leading events of its kind in Europe.”
The lighting design arm of NYX Visual, NYX Atelier recently did a private showing of “Tetraedre”, a projectionmapped sculpture for Vincent Coutelin’s private collection. The team painstakingly created the entire structure out of scrap materials and glue. They used a Panasonic 6k and a combo of Madmapper and Modul8 to drive the visuals. Nice work!
Looks like a great opportunity if you’re in the NYC area Feb. 23-24. Harvestworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to technology, art, engineering, and music. Founded in 1977, their mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies.
Projectionmapping 1.0 for Beginners
presented in collaboration with Chika, this 2 day workshop serves as a comprehensive introduction to methods for creating projection mapping. The tools used in the workshop are MadMapper and Modul8. The students will get fully-functional 30-day trial versions of the software to create a collaborative projection mapping installation for the end of class. This workshop is intended for the students who want to learn how to develop projection mapping projects for future events, art installations, and performances.
Sat/Sun, February 23 + 24, 1-5pm
Cost: $230 (regular), $200 (student/member) CHeck their page HERE for more info!
BARTKRESA designs for some of the premier events these days- including Christie’s much-talked-about booth at InfoCOMM 2012. Bart’s a huge Christie fan and you can see some of his featured work with Christie HERE. This one was for FOX Mundo’s event at Club Nokia.
Gear included two 35K Christie projectors with wide angle lenses
1 Barco DCS 200 switcher
4 watchout playback servers with 2 watchout control servers (A and B system)
power book 17″ with Modul8 software
The Dataton video servers had installed Intensity Pro HDMI capture cards that were used to capture 1080p HDMI signal coming from a laptop with Modul8.
A proper shout out goes to Billy Butchkavitz, event designer, for his work on the gig. “an amazing event designer- (he is) very creative and we love collaborating with him”. Check out this great article by Liese Gardner on BB’s previous work.
fRED and Ilan, Maestros of Madmapper, will be holding a workshop in Berlin April 11-12. There’s only 20 spots available and the registration deadline is April 3 so get on it! This two day workshop will focus on preparing content for mapping and mapping the content to physical surfaces.
The workshop will conclude with the participants collaborating on an installation in the cafe of Panke and performing with it in a lounge like atmosphere that will be open to the public, accompanied by special guest DJ Mo Greens.
The location for the workshop is called Panke, a creative hub in the heart of Wedding that presents music, art and other artistic endeavors.
- Introduction to MadMapper
- Using MadMapper in conjunction with other VJ applications
- Practice session
- Discussion on the activity for the following day
- Content creation for an installation
- Summary of activities
- Mac OS X based computer running 10.6 or greater
- DVI or MiniDVI adapter that allows you to connect your computer to a projector
- Working knowledge of graphics and video creation software
- Working knowledge of VJ software
UK based Projection Lab has been hard at work on some corporate gigs recently and dropped me a line. They have been successfully using Modul8 to present some pretty impressive projection. This job was for Neal’s Yard Remedies Conference and featured a 3-screen blend using Panasonic projectors. Using Modul8, (more…)
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a warehouse party so I was glad when NYX Visual Label sent the following vid. In collaboration with graphic designer Flab Bakayaro, they were able to transform a warehouse into a release party for Cracki Records, complete with a futuristic, freaky-bold 2D wall painting that they mapped using Madmapper and Modul8. Nice work!
Check out a previous project from NYX on PF, using Madmapper to map Cloud, a 3D structure.
NYX Visual released a great video documenting how they used Madmapper and Modul8 for a live presentation with the Chivas J&J brand. It really shows how quickly and accurately you replace critical points and vertices that may have moved during a particular setup. NYX does some outstanding work- check out their website for more! I’ll certainly have a few more posts featuring their stuff- so stay tuned…..
The NYX team:
Louis de Castro