Archive for the ‘Installations/Architecture’ Category

Journey London and Journey Seoul at Bains Numeriques

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

We were invited by Art Centre Nabi to exhibit at Bains Numeriques 20mins north of Paris in a small town called Enghien Les Bains. First of all, we have to give a huge thanks to some great people we met there (sorry to bore you!). Firstly, Hyein Ryu who arranged all our hospitality for us, she was fantastic. Emmanuel Cuisinier for mastering the dancefloor and keeping us in the loop. Christian the tech guy, for accomodating us without compromise. The ladies from Art Centre Nabi who were great to spend time with. Jeremy the king. And finally the chef at the restaurant (lunch and dinner never disappointed). Generally all the Centre Des Arts staff were great and we didn’t want to leave.

We exhibited two works in Paris, A Journey: London, and our new piece, A Journey: Seoul.

A Journey: Seoul explores how people can interact with the memory box, to build up their own memory. People can select slides to build up a scene, and we paint animations onto the slides using a projector from above. We got a great response from the project, and kids seemed to especially fall in love with this one.

Our venue was the church, which although not intentional, turned out to be a very good fit for the work. We got a very still environment with low natural lighting, and very ornate space. This particularly fitted with the aesthetics of A Journey: London which looks at using materials from the past to create new media experiences.

There were some great installation pieces there, our favorite of which was Lights Contact by Scenocosme. We found it very playful, immediate and surprising. There is a metal contact on a stand, you touch that (nothing happens). Then if somebody touches you, the installation reacts with light and sound that is unique depending on the people who are touching. It reacts with fidelity and ‘notices’ the contact between you and the other person with a way that appears very magical.

[Gregory Lassere of Scenocosme demonstrating the installation, and Emmanuel Cuisinier in the background]

We saw a performance by Cie Adrien Mie which blew most of the significant  nerves in our brain. We strongly recommend that you don’t watch the video below, and instead find a way to go and watch this performance. Absolutely incredible. Beautifully poetic and sensitive whilst pulling off some breathtaking live visual effects.

In summary: beautiful personalities, pretty town (but no internet), great food, good art and fantastic views from the hotel…


Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Our main project for April and May was developing an installation for our friend David at Oxy-Gen Combustion. He wanted something that could act as a visual aid whilst attracting people to his exhibition stall.

We had to fit everything into an economy class suitcase. Fabrication and programming happened in Korea, fine tuning in England, then we squeezed the whole thing into our luggage for Rio De Janeiro to install at the exhibition.  Our flight arrived 2 days late into Rio, but thankfully David (the client) is an engineer and very handy.

We made some new projection routines for this system which we’ll be making open source soon (they’re as buggy as beehive right now). The system lets you calibrate the 6 slides in about 20minutes, with roughly +/-2px  accuracy. Calibration is controlled with the iPhone over the network using Memo‘s MSARemote which sends out TUIO (a standard protocol for multitouch). This means that the touch coordinates are sent over the network to the computer using a variation of OSC, and the ‘interface’ is running on the computer.

You can see me hooking up all the slides in this video..

It was Michelin’s Challenge Bibendum exhibition. Apparently ‘Bibendum’ is the white tire fella who is specifically NOT called the Michelin Man. The technology on show was very progressive, and Michelin were great hosts, keeping me happily fed all week. We even got time to squeeze in a bit of the local beauty before we left..


Monday, January 18th, 2010

Beautiful projection mapping work

night light

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Chrome Features

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
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Monday, December 28th, 2009


tesselating texture coordinates (quick and easy to achieve in programming)

morphing between images

singing tesla coil

Sunday, December 6th, 2009
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Fan, Material, Projecton/LCD

Sunday, December 6th, 2009
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inspiration for Cottonopolis

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Binary Waves by lap[au]

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


The belgian design studio lab[au] placed their cybernetic installation binary waves in paris to measure and display the various flows of its surroundings. the urban installation measured people, bikes, cars, trains and electromagnetic fields in real time and displayed them through luminous, sonic and kinetic rules. The installation_s design consists of 40 rotating panels each 3m high and 60cm wide. the panels were arranged in a line to create a kinetic wall that when activated create a visual wave pattern that is altered by the flows at that moment. infared sensors capture the data and send it from one panel to the other in a series to create the wave-like effect. ‘micro-events’ in the area are transformed into ‘a unified play of light, colours and sounds directly derived from the rhythm of the city flows’.

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I don’t think this installations are fit with the concept which is “representing rhythm f the city flows” though. Especially a way of visualising. What do you think?