When I was a kid, Saturdays were sometimes spent going to work with my Dad. He was an architect and since it was a weekend, we had the run of the place. I invariably would gravitate to the drafting room which, at his place, was huge! Lots of workstations, cabinets with every kind of colored pen/pencil/tip combo, electric erasers, all manner of paper, model making supplies, etc. Basically, everything that a small curious boy could get in trouble with! The thing that fascinated me the most though, were the scale models of all the buildings they were working on. Super intricate detail, all the way down to the little people cutouts and hand railings, as well as street signs and various decorative flora. So I was thrilled to come across the work of Davy and Kristin McGuire, an artistic duo out of the UK that does small-scale paper modeling combined with projection techniques. They form The Ice Book and direct, design, and perform their original video/model mashups for everything from installations to live theater shows, dance performances, interactive video performances and everything in between.
Their paper models are extremely detailed and exquisitely cut. Adding the element of projection just completely brings them to life. They use After Effects and Final Cut to render the final video, and (no surprise here) Madmapper to map the sets. So often on this site I focus on large-scale scale work, only to realize the really detailed stuff is every bit as intriguing!
A couple of their pieces stand out- ‘Psycho- Homage to Hitchcock’ as well as ‘The Hunter’.
Here’s some fascinating examples via their Vimeo page:
The idea of an interactive pinboard at home is just so strikingly obvious….I think I’m going to start assembly immediately! Now to make it so there can be date-relevant info displayed along with fun remembrances and package it up in a mappable environment…hmmm……
Madmapper 1.3 was released, but hold the phone- 1.4 Beta is here! You already heard (or have used) the crazy-cool MadLight feature of 1.3, the one that lets you easily map LEDs and lights through Artnet and an easy-to-use grid of your channels, but this beta release introduces some highly requested features from the MM community, such as the updating of presets and complete integration of Quartz Composer.
You can get a video highlighting the MadLight feature and the 1.4 Beta from your Madmapper /yourspace area. Go now! What are you waiting for?
What is in MadMapper 1.4 BETA:
Added a Lock/Unlock button to the presets interface, allowing presets to be updated by unlocking them
Complete integration of Quartz Composer
The inputs can all be modified
Input values are saved in the presets
Rendering using a Display Link (high priority thread) allowing for a highly responsive interface and consistent framerates
The Tab and Shift+Tab allows for browsing through the Surfaces, or the Handles of a selected Surface
Copy/paste of surfaces in between instances of MadMapper or Presets. (CMD+C / CMD+V)
16bit DMX fixture mode integrated into the MADLight
Zoom to fit current surface selection
Madmapper, Modul8, Ableton Live, and a weird snakey-looking sculpture make for a fascinating mapping from French artists NYX Visual Label. I love that most of their projects include some kind of really interesting sculpture….especially this one carved out of what appears to be some kind of foam. Check out another post on NYX HERE.
The end of summer is a weird time around here. The theatre season and school are about to start, I try to spend more time with my family, and the olympics are on. The damn olympics have managed to make everything seem to grind to a halt. We watch religiously and the opening ceremonies are way up there on the list. So it was that I watched and wasn’t that impressed. They had to top Beijing after all, and that’s a tall order. The big star was LED however and there were a couple of effects that I think are harbingers of things to come in LED-land. One is the LED tiles that are permanently installed throughout the stands. Tait Technologies, a longtime provider of gear on a huge scale (U2, JayZ, Roger Waters), provided the LED tiles to extend the graphic mapping of the opening ceremonies into the stands at the olympic stadium. This type of technology is going to start becoming the norm with systems like this and also with the advent of gear like the Xyloband being deployed (see Coldplay’s use HERE). But here’s the official word: (more…)
Artisan, part of UVA, used d3 to map, simulate and output content onto sculptural LED tunnels for USA telecom company Sprint’s new cinema announcement. It’s a great peek into what it takes to shoot a quality product. David Bajt and Luke Malcolm give some insight into the process….and I guess since I’m a Sprint user- at least I know my money is going towards something a little more than person’s pocket. Plus- who doesn’t love the sight of a crazy-huge jib poking a room chock full of technology with a pricey camera on the end? Keep an eye out for the super-fine Barco NX series LED panels……Check out the “making of” video and their press release:
May 29, 2012 – If your phone could truly “sleep,” what would it dream? A new interactive on-screen cinema experience created by Sprint in partnership with “Team Sprint” encourages moviegoers to turn off their mobile device in exchange for a custom mobile phone “dream”. More than 1,000 NCM Movie Theaters will show the experience on nearly 18,000 screens as part of Sprint’s courtesy-message sponsorship that asks moviegoers to turn off their phones prior to the start of a movie. Artisan, the new sister division of UK based design company United Visual Artists, was taken on board (more…)
My Dad was an architect. Well, first he was a draftsman, then an architect. When I was a kid, I used to hang out in my Dad’s office on the weekends (he pretty much worked ALL the time)….but I remember very clearly playing with all the models that were there. They had every imaginable scale of every kind of building- little cars, little people, tiny shrubs, fake grass, miniature trees. Combine this with all kinds of architectural drawing gadgets, erasers, and pens of every hue, and you had a little kid’s dream world…or a parent’s nightmare….
So it was with great pleasure that I came across this video of Martin Fröhlich’s MeshWarpServer that shows projectionmapping in a whole new way. Well, you should watch the video first then read on….
So for all of you that want to absorb the technical details, the following video really goes into depth. MeshWarpServer is powerful stuff. There are many features beyond just mapping, as you’ll soon see:
I plan on overdosing on MWS and doing a full write-up…(just as soon as I get time), but I seem to have inherited my Dad’s work addiction. Make sure to check it out and give it a test drive!
Plus it’s just fun to say “Meshwarpserver….Meshwarpserver…“
Holy cow! This is a HUGE honor for the GarageCUBE team…..Madmapper, besides being the coolest mapping software on the planet, has been awarded LiveDesign’s Projection Product of the Year Award- right up there with Christie’s YK200 Nitro, the Barco ImagePRO 3G, and Advantage LED Solutions 5mm LED panel. Man, that is some serious company to be in. Congratulations to the whole GarageCUBE team for an outstanding product and a well-deserved award!
Below you’ll find the complete lineup (so far) of the Mapping Festival, being held in Geneva May 10th-20th. Of particular note is Joanie LeMercier’s Eyjafjallajokull and Aleksandra Dulic’s In a Thousand Drops… Refracted Glances. If you’re anywhere near Geneva around that time- by all means go see these projects!
@ Le Commun – Bâtiment d’art contemporain (BAC) /// from 10 to 20/05
Pascal Dufaux (CA) Déjà vu
Joanie Lemercier (AntiVJ/FR) Eyjafjallajokull
Daniel Canogar (ES) Scanner
Aleksandra Dulic (CA) In a Thousand Drops… Refracted Glances
Frederik De Wilde (BE) UMwelt-VIRUtopia
Danny Perreault (CA) Flow
@ Musée d’art et d’histoire /// 19/05
Bordos.ArtWorks and Invited Artists (HU)
Apparati Effimeri (IT)
@ Théâtre du Galpon /// Fonderie Kugler /// Cinéma Spoutnik /// Théâtre de l’Usine
Insectotropics (ES) La Caputxeta Galàctica
Insanë (CA/CH) Dieu est un DJ- 1st representation
Sculpture (UK) Unstable Modular Collage
Casper Electronics (US)
Tasman Richardson (CA)
Chloé Tallot + Arnout Hulskamp (FR/NL) Red bus
Yilab (TW) Loop Me
RYBN (FR) ADM7:FLASHCRASH – 1st representation
Michael Vorfeld (DE) Light bulb music
Cie Nejma & A-li-ce (FR) La Baraque Foraine 6.1
@ Zoo /// La Gravière /// La Fonderie Kugler
Discodeine (Kill the DJ/FR)
Remain (Meant Records/FR)
Vosper (Meant Records/CA)
El Hijo De La Cumbia (AR)
Label Commercial Suicide Party (UK)
Ras Mali (CH)
Tempo Moderno (BR/IT) Discotecario Doca et Actaruss1
Monkey Freakz (CH)
Dirty Mad Sound vs The Hiiters (CH)
SECRET LABEL PARTY
@ Fonderie Kugler /// 12/05
The official launch of a brand new audiovisual label!
The best artists of the moment and long-time favorites of the Mapping Festival, all gathered around for a full day of lectures, performances, and of course party. A wild event, keep an eye on them…
And as always, the VJ CONTEST
@ Cinéma Spoutnik /// 18-19/05
ETC has released a beta of a potentially useful app for all the lighting Freaks out there. It’s called ‘pixelToy‘ and from the looks of it I think the squints have another tool for invading video world. With the lighting folks in mind, they’ve kept the user interface completely devoid of text and totally drag-and-drop. No excuses from the lampies about complexity please! It looks like a simple effects generator for lighting instruments, LED arrays, groups of dimmers, and the like. There’s a Timeline with Tracks (more…)
I just came across a great tutorial on vvvv, the graphical toolkit for prototyping, and just HAD to add a link on the Tutorials for Projection page. This will give you a great understanding of the principles involved with complex projection- and while you’re there, be sure to download it and give it a try. It can have a bit of a learning curve, but like all things- practicepracticepractice! Check it out HERE
We love The Visual Drugstore here at Projectionfreak and came across this great vid featuring their work on the Mercedes Building in Stuttgart. In celebration of the remarkable 125th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz, the building of the former firm was taped from the center with mapping. The show was unusual (more…)
We featured the OVO fest with Drake a while back, and I came across this video case study from V Squared Labs recently which shows some of the pre-viz work done on the OVO Fest. Vello Virkhaus and the wizards at V Squared Labs, along with Leviathan (and others) are the technical force (more…)
Great video featuring a projectionmapping of a Citroen DS3 by Duckunit.
Obscura Digital, the folks that brought us the coolest billiards table EVER unveiled a physical, social, and augmented reality experience dubbed “Connections” at F8, Facebook’s 2011 developer conference. Attendees swipe in to the experience using their RFID enabled event badge. Multiple overhead projectors map visuals (more…)
“Immersive Surfaces” is a publicly presented video projection installation onto the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn during the Dumbo Arts Festival from September 23 – 25, 2011. The multi-part video projection, created by over 20 international artists and curators, will cover over 30,000 sq. feet of the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Archway and the surrounding cityscape, through the use of cutting-edge video mapping technology. (more…)
From our friends at Madmapper:
A workshop in Berlin! Featuring Madmapper programmer extraordinaire Ilan Katin and Pedro Zaz (of UnitedVJs). I can’t imagine how great it would be to take a class from these guys (and hopefully there’ll be some pics to post later…), but here’s your opportunity-
Tuesday, October 6th 2011 @ 18:00 – 22:00
Wednesday, October 7th 2011 @ 18:00 – 22:00
The focus will be how to use MadMapper using the Syphon enabled VJ software of your choice. We also demonstrate how to use the Spacial Scanner, MAD_lab tools and provide technical/creative feedback.
- A Mac computer running OS X 10.6 or greater
- VGA adapter that works with your laptop
- A joke involving peaches and/or possums
The workshop is 50€.
Only 20 places are available.
You will be provided with a time limited license of MadMapper and, optionally, a time limited license of Modul8.
The workshop will be conducted in English.
The W3Fi install at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art was launched in June 2011 during their exhibition “BIODOME- An Experiment in Diversity”. From their website:
“On the walls you will can read an explanation of the W3FI philosophy lain out in a series of text and symbols moving from the S3LF wall, to the W3 wall and finally to the W3FI wall. The walls also feature statistics about national and international use of the internet, mobile phones, and social networks. On the S3LF and W3 walls you will also see live tweets from Boulder area residents who use the word “I” or “we.” The right half of the W3FI wall is a space for people to add themselves to the W3FI network by having their face captured and added to an ever-growing forest of interconnected trees.
On the Boulder topographic table visitors can watch 3 sets of information about connectivity in the region. One is a display of all the registered cell towers in the region. Another is a display of each of nearly 10,000 discovered wifi routers in the region. (more…)
A synesthetic exploration of traditional artistic performance and digital art, MIDASpaces was devised as an interactive projection mapped space for the Creative Arts. Using the latest tracking technology, the space learns and reacts to performance, allowing the artist to explore new improvised choreography live and in time. The team worked in tandem with dancer Tom O’Donnell. Given a narrative revolving around man’s ever-changing relationship with technology; the movements challenge assumptions within performance and the evolving role of the performer within art.
An interactive projection mapped project- MIDASpaces employs a combination of light projection, sound and camera tracking to add a digital dimension to the Creative Arts in a real world space. The project made use of custom software written in openFrameworks (C++) running in conjunction with QuartzComposer (openGL) to create the visuals. (more…)
Projection/AV company Avtek Solutions did this six-projector show for a product launch of the Nissan Micra, in conjunction with Exhibit Designer and Another Avenue. It looks like the car got it’s own 2 projectors and the walls were done with the remaining 4, but there’s some great stuff going on!
Visual Drugstore has successfully mapped using their awesome MMOV in the first of their series for Intel’s Visibly Smarter Experience. Here’s the original write-up with more info on the series as well as the MMOV as it appeared on Projectionfreak. This is video posted by FWK-ART.de during the Dresden City Festival 2011 and it looks like it was a hit!
Apperati Effimeri is a visual collective that started in Bologna, Italy in 2008. Taking a cue from the Ephemeral Arts which were quite popular in the Baroque period, Ephemeral means to be transient and short lasting – only existing for a little amount of time. In keeping with this tradition, Apperati Effimeri work on the urban environment in a non-invasive way, giving life to the pre-existing shapes. The architecture becomes a screen of live video projections as well as the subject itself. Love their work on trees!
And their impressive showreel:
I came across a couple of fine examples of projection mapping from The Macula Project. They are out of the Czech Republic and have some great stuff on Vimeo. Here’s a link to a video they were involved with on a project for Fanta. They did some of the animation work and we can’t post the video or the story just yet, but here’s a link to Christie Digital’s writeup of the event. Give it a try!
This week’s top content after a decent holiday:
A look at Urbanscreen.com‘s contribution to Theater Bremen’s production of Idomeneo.
A look into Monster Media 3D’s projection mapping skills from creator Jack Hattingh.
A look at projection mapping from 1024architecture.net
A look at Integrated Visions work in City Hall Park NYC
A look at a tent gig from Obscura
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A while back we featured LDSystems projection mapping in Sugar Land for a New Years gig in 2010. We’ve since been in contact with the creators of the content for that fabulous display- Jack Hattingh, Alan Demafiles, and a smaller contribution from Sato Wood. Jack and Alan have since gone on to form a new company specializing in just this kind of content creation, Monster Media 3d, some of which is featured below. We hope to get a bunch more info from MM3d on future projects, but we wish them well in their new endeavour- here’s to some great stuff forthcoming! Check out Jack’s page with a lot more examples of some fine work here as well as Monster Media 3d’s page. Their work can also be seen on their Vimeo channel as well as Jack’s Youtube channel.
The Palm Beach Centennial Commission and Devine Styles turned to Monster Media to create this 3D building projection for the All Town Celebration. The projection transformed the Flagler Museum into an awe-inspiring 3D presentation featuring historical imagery, tropical landscapes and a firework finale. The collaborative effort of all parties helped the commission provide residents with a “unique and special” experience to celebrate the Palm Beach Centennial. Produced by MonsterMedia 3D
Monster Media, OAAA and Fontainebleau partnered to create this spectacular 3D mapping projection introducing the out of home industry to Monster Media’s 3D division at the 69th annual TAB Conference in Miami, FL. The premiere projection transformed the exterior walls of the luxurious Fontainebleau and illuminated the evening sky. Stunning audio and visual effects captured the attention of the industry’s leading agencies as well as spectators watching blocks away. Produced by Monster Media.