Spray Cans and Beamers: Urban Projection Mixes Pixels, Live Mural Painting

Stylus – Episode #1: Projection Mural from Urban Projections on Vimeo. The movement forward in projection isn’t so much about projection mapping in the geometric sense as it is a chance to find a new materiality for digital imagery. In this work, the artists blend pixels and paint so that the different media can coexist. In a beautifully-documented project, Rebecca Smith and Pete Barber show off their technique for mixing live mural painting with projection and – via stylus – “digital drawing.” Thanks, Bec, for sending this info CDM. The artists, based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire [UK], write: S T Y …

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Tagtool: Collaborative, Animated Painting on iPad

Paint digitally, and animate with friends: Tagtool’s live “multiplayer” painting project has already been a live visual hit as a non-commercial project. The “DIY” version relied on custom software and a gamepad; various artists created their own hardware. Now, Tagtool has come to iPad, which makes for easier painting and broadened appeal. Tagtool had always been something unique; its creators described it as “a performative visual instrument used on stage and on the street … a VJ tool, a creative video game, or an intuitive way of creating animation.” Now, on iPad, it continues that tradition. You can use ten-fingered, …

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Homeless: Animating São Paulo’s Darker Corners with a Handmade Love Story

Abstraction and geometry have their expressive qualities, but architectural projection as a medium need not always go that route. VJ Sauve’s work “Homeless” is poignant, warm, and personal, crafted from hand-drawn and hand-painted media, transformed into digital animation, then projection-mapped in a way that seems to bring São Paulo’s alleyways and streets alive. Characters dance and run across the urban landscape, with a convincing blend of simulated movement and real, moving projection. It really is cinema, fusing a story with the projection-mapped setting. The making-of video, below, is an artwork in itself; bringing in the story of how the piece …

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Homeless: Animating São Paulo's Darker Corners with a Handmade Love Story

Abstraction and geometry have their expressive qualities, but architectural projection as a medium need not always go that route. VJ Sauve’s work “Homeless” is poignant, warm, and personal, crafted from hand-drawn and hand-painted media, transformed into digital animation, then projection-mapped in a way that seems to bring São Paulo’s alleyways and streets alive. Characters dance and run across the urban landscape, with a convincing blend of simulated movement and real, moving projection. It really is cinema, fusing a story with the projection-mapped setting. The making-of video, below, is an artwork in itself; bringing in the story of how the piece …

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Rauschenberg-Like Collage in a New iPad App: Composite

The iPad as artistic tool is not without its flaws. Finger painting, effectively, on its screen is nowhere near as precise as using a dedicated digital stylus like a Wacom, and lacks tangible feedback (as actual finger painting would give you, delightfully). And as a digital tablet, conventional painting metaphors can feel stretched. That hasn’t stopped people from making extraordinary work, as has been widely publicized, but the tablet computer has yet to come into its own as a unique, new medium. That’s to be expected: it’s early days. But that’s also why it’s so compelling to see the work …

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Mobile Character Animation, Made on iPhone

Benjamin Rabe, iOS touch artist and avowed fingerpainter, makes a simple but very cute experiment using touch apps. I like this, not so much for the novelty of doing this on iPhones and things, as for the potential it demonstrates in fun, little touch apps as artistic tools. Now I’ll really be pleased when you can piece together quick video editing on mobile devices and tablets and not just hefty desktops after extended waits as everything transcodes. Most impressive – this was all done at the end of a talk. Consider the gauntlet thrown. Details: Made as a fun closing …

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Drawing Sound: Crazy Touch Interface Sound Experiments with Usine, PC

The quickest route to expressing an idea remains the gesture of a hand. That gesture may be crudely interpreted through today’s touch displays, but the immediacy remains. Presumably because of some of the device’s limitations, a lot of the experiments with the iPad have involved controllers that operate independently from sound software, like a remote control. Those interfaces, while useful, largely simulate existing hardware controls in a more flexible form, rather than introduce new ideas. But it seems the long-term potential for touch devices is in designs that unite touch, graphic, and sound in a single piece of software, exploring …

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Painting with Video: Live Projected Wheatpaste with SWEATSHOPPE

SWEATSHOPPE, The Landing from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo. Imagine painting with projections, without the use of any paint, live and with out post-production. Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy of the new SWEATSHOPPE collective have done that with the use of Jitter and a laptop, transforming ordinary paint rollers into tools for apply real projections like light graffiti. They demonstrate the work on the walls of New York City neighborhoods. The gimmick alone is striking, but it’s ultimately the design – as usual – that carries their creation and draws you in (so to speak). With brilliant, acidic-neon colors, and high-contrast, Warhol-style …

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Augmented Mural: Hand-Illustrated Landscape Comes to Life, Digitally

Just because you have computers doesn’t mean you have to stop drawing and painting. It’s an obvious revelation, but merging physical and virtual technologies is an art in itself, one that’s just beginning to blossom. To bring environmental messages to life and illustrate the profound connection of the city of San Francisco to its watershed, artist Gabe Shaughnessy and team created a digitally-augmented mural. The mural itself is beautiful, but watch through to about a minute and a half into the video to see something magical happen: projections add virtual animation to the work. The convergence of old and new …

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Andy Warhol on the Amiga, Painting Debbie Harry

To quote the video: Yeah, it’s great. It’s such a great thing. What more can you say? (Really. I think somewhere in all the Creative Suite upgrades, it’s possible we’ve actually lost some of the real spontaneity and sense of the medium with digital art. I think we could get it back, though – limitations of netbooks and mobiles and browser apps might actually help.) Via Antje Verena, formerly of the fantastic Tokyo-based PingMag, on her blog Frottier & Frotteuse.

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