by tag – projection mapping

We acknowledge that no photograph taken from the floor of a club with a handheld device has ever, in the history of camera phones, ever been good, BUT we could not resist:



Amon Tobin just passed through town with his giant stage sculpture projection environment AV experience show: ISAM Live 2.0.  While the beginning of the show was a little heavy on the space station imagery, the projections got better and more abstract toward the end.

still from this video

still from this video

There are way better images of ISAM, plus an interview, over here.

As a thing becomes “tired” as soon as it is identified to as existing in the world, projection mapping has, in some circles, traveling the circuit to passé via hipster jadedness.

The relentlessly prolific and inspiring Kyle McDonald, has developed mapamok a free open-source projection mapping library. Along the way, he declared that he offers these tools not to facilitate the creation of exciting projects, but instead to make projection mapping so easy that people are no longer interested in doing it.

So yes, this has been done at least once (this is, after all, ISAM 2.0). While we should be cautious about the tacky or facile use of a technical process to gloss over creative shortcomings, it follows that if you can, as Marius Watz says of algorithms, “make it rock”, go right ahead. So perhaps ISAM is currently living in the dying days of projection mapping qua projection mapping, but it’s designers, as if aware of this tenuous position, have packed that hour-long set with enought moments of restless inventiveness to, for the time being, evade outright dismissal.

Furthmore, this is a great direction for live electronic gigs to be heading.  Consider the alternative: a dimly lit DJ nodding at a table?  Tapping on a laptop and turning knobs? No thanks: this is the future we were promised.

If projection mapping is on its way out, the rampant virality of J o n p a s a n g’s excellent Hyper-Matrix project for Hyundai indicate that white cubes make be sticking around for at least another lap.

screen, site / / amon tobin — posted on September 13th, 2012

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