A Tangled Sculpture of Lightbulbs, Stage to Elaborate Synchronized AV Performance

In a tree-like cluster of wooden branches, 60 electronically-fired lightbulbs glow in tightly-choreographed pulses along with music. The light sculpture becomes the setting for a kind of AV dance theater, forming an otherworldly environment for narrative movement. “A Man Named Zero” is the work of Nocte and a team in the UK of performers, pairing DJ with lightbulb accompaniment. Nocte realized the project in the creative coding tool Cinder (C++), which provides both the lightbulb control and slick-looking wireframe visual interface. Interestingly, the audio analysis isn’t just a straight FFT. Instead, using the open LibXtract library, the software “extracts” audio …

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In Moscow, International Artists Remake Light as Art, Intervention [Videos, Preview]

Projection … visuals … video … VJs … pixels. What we’re really talking about is light: light, manipulated in three-dimensions as dynamic digital medium. So, it’s fitting that as the draft form of educational programming for the Moscow International Festival of Light was being passed around, I noticed the following edit on a panel title: “Shaping the future – Projection mapping as an expressive artistic medium” was renamed: “Shaping the future – Light as an expressive artistic medium.” The new forms of light intersect art and architecture, physical and urban environments and online realms, animation and performance and environment. And …

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The Music of 2071, As Imagined in 1964: Fischinger Lumigraph to Lumichord

Finishing research for a talk at Genève’s Mapping Festival, I came across this gem from comments on Create Digital Motion. It’s the innovative Lumigraph, an interactive light experiment by visionary film and animation pioneer Oskar Fischinger. The sci-fi film looked ahead to what the music of 2071 might be like, in 1964’s The Time Travelers. To their credit, goofy love lounge aside, the reuse of Fischinger’s abstract light project isn’t far off from music in 2013. (And, hey, whatever puts you in the mood.) Fischinger, for his part, almost certainly wasn’t thrilled with the use of his creation in this …

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Interfacing Music with Light, A Musical Instrument Makes Performance Mysterious, Surprising

24 light sensitive sensors ‘lightefface’ – arduino + max/msp from kaziem on Vimeo. One of my earliest memories is of the piano. We’ve become so accustomed to this contraption, that it’s easy to lose sight of the pleasure of touching the apparatus of the keys and hearing sound. So, perhaps the endless experimentation with sensors and interfaces – whether entirely practical or not – is a chance to rediscover the wonder of the connection of body to sound. For all we might talk about precision in expression or making clear the connection of gesture to noise for player or audience, …

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The Evolution of Light, Traced in Mapping Projection on Sculpture

Swiss lighting design outfit Lichtkompetenz sends a projection that tells the story of the evolution of electrified light – the story behind this site, if ever there were one. Projection-on-sculpture is becoming almost an expectation as much as novelty; here, it’s nice to see the sculptural canvas amplify the narrative. It’s not just about shining light on the structure (literally), but allowing that structure to better immerse the viewer in the story, in the content. Details: This a 3d mapping projection done by Lichtkompetenz for the 10 year anniversary. The projection shows electrical light evolution, starting from electricity generation, showing …

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Quartz Composer Tutorial by DVCreators.net

DVCreators has put up a half an hour tutorial on Quartz Composer detailing how they have created their introduction graphics: I’ve always liked the super-dramatic light rays effect, but the light rays filters in Motion and Final Cut Pro take too long to render… and frankly, they are pretty lame. So I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to help you create those super long, awesome godlike light rays, and preferably in real time! And finally, that opportunity is here. So if you have some time to burn and have been putting off digging in to one of the nicest …

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More 3D Sculptural Projections: Pablo Valbuena's Augmented Sculpture

Greetings, programs! Pablo Valbuena’s “augmented sculptures” are gorgeous … and, yes, do recall a certain ground-breaking Disney sci fi film. It’s been a long time coming, but projection is slowly making its way out of the single, flat rectangle that so often constrains it. (Not that we don’t love single, flat rectangles, of course.) The idea itself isn’t new, but artists are becoming increasingly interested in creating sculptural, three-dimensional projections. We saw Joanie Lemercier’s gorgeous Light Sculptures. Here’s another example of three-dimensional projections: Pablo Valbuena, Augmented Sculpture [Artist page] More info and video: Augmented Reality Sculpture Makes You Think You …

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More 3D Sculptural Projections: Pablo Valbuena’s Augmented Sculpture

Greetings, programs! Pablo Valbuena’s “augmented sculptures” are gorgeous … and, yes, do recall a certain ground-breaking Disney sci fi film. It’s been a long time coming, but projection is slowly making its way out of the single, flat rectangle that so often constrains it. (Not that we don’t love single, flat rectangles, of course.) The idea itself isn’t new, but artists are becoming increasingly interested in creating sculptural, three-dimensional projections. We saw Joanie Lemercier’s gorgeous Light Sculptures. Here’s another example of three-dimensional projections: Pablo Valbuena, Augmented Sculpture [Artist page] More info and video: Augmented Reality Sculpture Makes You Think You …

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Light Sculptures: Making Visuals Literally 3D

Tired of flat surfaces? Joanie Lemercier, known by the name antivj, was seen here recently with a terrific tutorial on Wii VJing. Now antivj is back with a terrific video performance, projecting onto 3D forms. just did a new video, and I thought you might be interested as well: it’s a visual performance I did in January (for clubtransmediale festival in Berlin). The idea is to use regular projectors to project on 3D elements and volumes instead of screens. It’s called “visual mapping” (here on some sculptures done by visomat) Visomat, Inc. did the polygonal forms, as Joanie added a …

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