From Audiovisual Academy some interesting examples of videomapping

annamaria monteverdi/ Aprile 13, 2015/ NEWS

From here are some examples of videomapping:

“Below are some of the examples of how video mapping was used for musical acts and stage design. Let’s start from the most recent one:

1. Amon Tobin ISAM tour: Live in Berlin

For his 6-city tour with the new album ISAM Brazilian-born Canada-based electronic maverickAmon Tobin has created a mind-blowing set of stage based on a “2-bit digital roots” concept and interactive video projection. What else you could expect from a “scientist of sound” who teamed up with V Squared labs?

2. CSTNG-SHDWS x Edison “Shadowtime”

In 2011 with Edison approached CSTNG-SHDWS with the intention of creating something wholly new. This marks the official release of his new track “Shadowtime”, created in tandem with a live video installation. The focus of this work is Edison’s insane finger chops controlling the mapped projections and surface and it built on a loose concept of telling the story of the ways in which humans have marked and incremented time through the ages – from start in the darkness to the invention of atomic time.
We also love this work’s simplicity – 2 projectors, VDMX for live control with MIDI-input from Monome and Ableton Live used by Edison.

3. Video mapping Stage – Moodstock Festival 2011

Visuals by VJ Konstruktiv. Nice, clean, atmospheric. A good example of a conscious stage design with video mapping.

Video mapping and contemporary dance

1. “Apparition”

An interactive dance and media performance conceived and directed by Klaus Obermaier, in collaboration with the Ars Electronica Futurelab, featuring Desirée Kongerød and Rob Tannion. We liked not only the piece itself, but also its creator’s approach – here video mapping was an integral part of the performance, not a mere decoration, as follows from the questions put by its creators:
– What choreography emerges when software is your partner?
– When virtual and actual image space share the same physics?
– Where everything that moves on the stage is both interactive and independent?
– And any form, dancing or still, can be transformed into a kinetic projection surface?

2. Mortal Engine by Chunky Move

Talking about the work above we can not ignore this performance by Australian contemporary dance group Chunky Move who has experimented with interactive video mapping years back. Mortal Engine is a intermedia dance performance using movement and sound responsive projections to portray an ever-shifting, shimmering world in which the limits of the human body are an illusion.
This Chunky Move’s cyberpunk piece was the recipient of the 2008 Live Performance Australia Helpmann Awards Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production, and an ‘Honourable Mention – Hybrid Art’ in the 2009 Prix Ars Electronica, widely regarded as the most important international award for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media.
Director Gideon, interactive system designer – Frieder Weiss, laser performance – Robin Fox, composer – Ben Frost.

3. “Echo”

We simply can not ignore this work by United Visual Artists (UVA). In collaboration with the dance group Mimbre, ‘Echo’, was performed in the monumental setting of Como’s Teatro Sociale in Italy. This work was originally commissioned by Vamp for the Tate Modern’s turbine hall. Using advanced 3-D cameras to capture the physicality of the dancers movement, this was then translated in real time to a monumental backdrop creating a simultaneous performance.

Video mapping for art installations

1. “High Arctic”

Another UVA’s outstanding work for National Maritime Museum Greenwich, currently on display.
Set in the not so distant future, High Arctic is a monument to an Arctic past which invites us to think about human impact in the Arctic region and contemplate its fragility, its beauty, and its scale. High Arctic is based on Creative Director Matt Clark’s Cape Farewell expedition to Svalbard.

2. “Suffolk Deluxe Electric Bicycle, 1″ – Olek & Dev Harlan

An art installation with men’s road bike, plaster and video projection. this is a documentation of installed piece at New York Studio Gallery/LZ Project Space, LES. We can’t think about anything else but about the story of the LSD inventor Albert Hoffman who had the first acid trip in the world ever while traveling home from his lab by bike.

Video mapping in theatre performances

We have already spoke about this subject in the video “RVA: video mapping for theatre” on our site. It’s time to to show some examples:

1. “Requiem”

We are talking some serious business now. Russian Visual Artists had a task of visualizing the horrors of war in this contemporary take on Mozart’s timeless requiem, written by composer A. Syumak, directed by one of the most interesting and controversial Russian theatre directors K. Serebryannikov and performed at the stage of Chekhov’s MKHAT theatre in Moscow.

2. “Siegfried”

Martin Inda creates fantastic light backgrounds for Urano Films, like in this interpretation of Vagner’s “Siegfried” opera. 5 hours (!) of video content and 14 simultaneous projectors were used. Premiered in Ciudad de las Ciencias y Artes, Valencia-Spain, June 2008.
If you think this is a great piece of art, check out Martin’s next year’s Le Grand Macabre – it definitely worth it.

Future trends

1. Interactive mapping

An interactive architectural mapping at Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010 by 1024 Architecture projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”.
The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorithm.
Interestingly, 1024 architecture is widely known not only as light performers collective, but also as creators of MadMapper – popular software for video mapping.

2. Pirate and mobile mapping

Omnia mea mecum porto. (“All that’s mine I carry with me.”) – we kept in mind this Latin maxim while creating CyberWagen – our very own mobile independent audiovisual projection unit.

That’s how custom mod of cult Volkswagen T2 with a couple of projectors, soundsystem and diesel generator for autonomous work on board looks like.
All the side and back windows were transformed into displays, totaling in 10 screens.
Our famous pirate projection of secretive Mr.Freeman’s new animation episode in the close proximity to the Kremlin walls was done with this vehicle. Under 15 min flat from arriving to the spot to leaving – less then needed for the missile launch by Strategic Rocket Forces!

Guys from the video below are far more serious, methodic and pedantic as you might expect from a German crew of art anarchists with money.

Intel Visibly Smart Experience – Dresdner Stadtfest 2011

This is literately grand mapping on the wheels. Oh, we love this mean machine – check out this MMOV military off-road truck at the crew’s site. By the way, they promise to produce something like this for everyone willing to spare few millions euros. Saving money for it.

3. Video mapping for interior design

Dutch group Mr.Beam have created a unique physical 3D video-mapping experience by turing a white living room into a spacious 360° projection area. This technique allowed them to take control of all colors, patterns and textures of the furniture, wallpapers and carpet. If you are planning a trip to IKEA, keep it in mind – all was done with only 2 projectors.

4. Video mapping for advertising

Schenke Leben, spende Blut. (Give life, donate blood). We are not going to talk about a projection’s viral factor in here. It’s present in any large scale video mapping project by default.
The example before could be better described as ‘nano-mapping’: German Red Cross produced a highly unusual TV ad, using video mapping over the face. It shows how abruptly a life can end and asks viewers to donate blood.
A very good idea and a noble purpose.
It feels good to give. Become a donor too –

Want to know more? Follow our publications, as we will be teaching you the basics of video mapping production and share our new projects with you, or simply watch this behind-the-scenes video on Russian Visual Artists preparing video mapping for the premiere in Bolshoi theatre.