Justin Thompson co-created, concepted, designed and integrated a first-of-its-kind in hospitality permanent 3D projection mapping installation with San Jose’s Dan Block, known simply as “theWall” at ROOF on theWit ranked Chicago’s #1 nightclub and one of the top 3 rooftop nightclubs in the world. The ROOF installation features an Arkaos media server with DMX controls of theWall and 48 ColorKinetics LED panels were installed and customized with a library of custom content created by Justin and co-creator Dan Block. The installation includes a giant drop-down flat projection screen for presentations and HD sports games with input and output ranging from blu-ray to DirecTV to a client-ready DVI plug-in jack. The project was overseen by owner of theWit Scott Greenberg. Justin Thompson served as in-house content creator and resident VJ- live mixing visuals during live DJ performances. Dan Block remained consultant on the project. You can see the full press release (with a whole bunch of tech details) HERE.
This video was shot by Matt Kowynia and Justin Thompson, edited by Justin Thompson.
Content mixed and projected onto theWall in this video created by Justin Thompson… and yes- he’s the tattooed guy setting up and running the system in this video. Justin is now looking to expand his installation base, seeking his next big project- permanent or temporary travelling 3D projection mapping installations and custom created content for clubs, hotels, touring acts, DJ’s, and events, so if you are looking for an upgrade in the visuals department, email him at justin-at-subversivevids-dot-com.
And BONUS!- some content from the WALL:
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…)