Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
Sydney Opera House’s presentation of Lighting the Sails: Songlines is an impressive display of projection mapping. Visual content and animation was done by Artists in Motion with music composed and designed by Rhoda Roberts and Damien Robinson.
Celebrating First Nations’ spirituality and culture through the songlines of our land and sky, this year’s Lighting the Sails is about painting and celebrating country through a pattern of sharing systems, interconnected history lines and trade routes. Lighting the Sails Director and Head of Indigenous Programming at Sydney Opera House Rhoda Roberts has selected six artists of different clans, national estates and territories for an immersive projected artwork that weaves through time and distance. [about the artists]
Lighting the Sails is currently being looped daily until June 13th and is part of the larger Vivid Sydney festival which is going on until June 18th. If I could handle the 18 hours flying from Seattle to Australia I would love to see this live and at a festival that sounds like a great mix of art, tech, and the combination of the two. (And I’d get to finally watch a Footy game live too. I’m an Adelaide (and Geelong) fan, for the record)
Here’s a link to a fantastic bit of projection mapping from the 2012 Vivid Sydney festival I posted a few years ago.
I love me some projection mapping. This is by Illuminarium 3000 at the 2015 Circle of Light Festival in Moscow.
Using the ornate architecture of Customs House as a skeleton, an elaborate city within a city is created. As the morning sun rises, the buildings, streets, overpasses and infrastructure emerge out of Customs House, like an organism coming to life. Hundreds of people, cars, buses and trains traverse the city. Mercurial weather patterns, traffic lights flashing, horns honking, the everyday hustle and bustle.
Delving deeper into the heart of this amazing organism, the city’s inhabitants go about their daily lives. Connected and disconnected. Individual and collective. Mundane routine gives way to magic, and the city offers up unexpected and delightful surprises. Day meets night, the shadows lengthen and so the pulse, colour and mood of the city changes as it winds down.
From the Vivid Festival 2012 in Sydney, Australia
Another awesome projection mapping from AntiVJ.
By Yannick Jacquet, Joanie Lemercier, Olivier Ratsi, Romain Tardy.
A live performance projection mapping at St Gervais temple, Geneva, Switzerland. From Mapping Festival 2010.
By Yannick Jacquet and Thomas Vaquié.
As a in house test case, we created a unique physical 3D video mapping experience by turing a white living room into a spacious 360° projection area. This technique allowed us to take control of all colors, patterns and textures of the furniture, wallpapers and carpet. All done with 2 projectors. via
Music: Free the Robots by Jazzhole
To continue with the theme of Projection Mapping this weekend we have a couple videos. (think of it as combining your regular sunday post with an unnamed rogue video post)
I came across Amon Tobin some time back while listening to the likes of Nero and Alien Project and now have a few of his albums. (one of them in my car cd-changer at the moment) When I came across these films while learning more about projection mapping I was blown away.
Along with the release of his ISAM album (Invented Sounds Applied to Music) came an incredible stage show that is as intricate, tight, and heavy as the music itself.
The first video is Mr Tobin’s show at Moogfest 2011 and the second is a short documentary about what goes into the ISAM: Live show.
I recently watched a deadmau5 concert. On Netflix, of course – as much as I’d like to attend a live show, my age and hair would make me stand out like a violin at a guitar festival. Besides, standing in the middle of a huge, jostling, crowd just isn’t a good time to me.
Anyways, what was notable, besides the most excellent tuneage, was the light show, or rather, the ‘projection mapping’. Basically, the idea is projecting video onto 3D objects such as buildings or stage sets.
While this is actually kind of an advertisement for a cellular phone, it’s an incredible, large scale, example of projection mapping.
Each of the 120 metre high building’s 800 windows were covered with vinyl as 16 powerful projectors, stationed 300 metres away on the other side of the river, beamed 3D images onto the structure.