Sunday 19th March 2017

Research: Projection Mapping

A few years ago video projection mapping was a fledgling art form, with a handful of noteworthy examples. Now, no building opening, product launch, award ceremony, or birthday party worth its salt would be seen without a head-turning projection.

Video projection mapping has the capacity to transform any object into a screen. Forget flat projection, as projection mapping has the ability to take a real-world object, such as a building, and project onto its walls without any distortion. Events combine motion graphics, 3D animation, and an occasional dash of video that playfully highlights, deconstructs, rotates, re-contextualises and generally manipulates a building’s usual geometry.

Alan Whitefield

Well what a Weekend. Dogged by technical problems due to the power timers in the lights. I had a good response to the poems in the Bird Boxes along the cob leading you into Conwy and my projection on the castle. Thousands of people headed to Conwy, North Wales over the Three day blinc digital arts festival. inspired by the work of Alan Turing. Which took place in the evening after the Conwy feast eating extravaganza.

You can listen to all my poems here My #noirconwy that was projected from the bird boxes.

The highlight was seeing my face on the castle (photography by Roger Smith check out his work it here )

Rebecca Smith

Urban Projections is home to the work and collaborations of multimedia artist Rebecca Smith.  Fusing  hand-crafted art-forms with with digital technologies, her work seeks to surprise and engage audiences with it’s playful tone and interactivity.  Constantly striving and seeking ways to push the boundaries of her discipline, Rebecca create’s unique digital experiences.

Geowaltz is a light installation created for Nottingham Light Night, set in the trancept of St Mary’s church at the heart of the historic Lace Market. In a digital dance of colour, light and geometry, the project was made in collaboration with young disabled people from across Nottinghamshire, lead by Digital artist Rebecca Smith (Urban Projections). Geowaltz combines iPad generated content with projection mapping techniques to form a mesmerising translucent surface, glowing with colour and movement.

We’ve recently been giving a series of live visual lectures at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, where students have been exploring different means of using projection for set design of live music acts. We’ve been imparting how simple things can look really effective, such basic mapped shapes. It’s about time we practised what we preach, and hopefully give some inspiration to students, so we put this together in a time frame of 3 hours.

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