On Fashion Runways and Live Shows, Dynamic Visuals from Chile [Featured Work]

Fashion venues in general offer a new opportunity for live visual performance to thrive – even when its growth has sometimes been stunted by over-reliance on clients in clubland and the corporate world. So, it’s fitting that the favorite portfolio example from this week’s featured work comes to us by way of the runway. There, color and texture can dance across surfaces in ways that make light itself an extension of fashion. The example is labeled “projection mapping,” but it’s relatively recta-linear; it’s the content that comes to the fore. Diego Salinas is a visual artist from Telefunken Studio, a …

READ MORE →

Three Layers of Live Visuals: Flying Lotus + Strangeloop + Timeboy, In Immersive Scrims

Flying Lotus ‘Layer 3’ – A Red Bull Music Academy Film from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Immersion isn’t necessarily about big stage pieces, or hiding the performer, or scale, or brightness. It seems it should be about finding a creative connection between visuals and music, between visualists and musicians, and creating some dimension that suggests you’re seeing more than only what you’re seeing. Flying Lotus has long collaborated with Strangeloop and other Southern California visualists. True to his Los Angeles home, his label Brainfeeder routinely sets up cinema-style, laptop artists dwarfed by the big silver screen of the …

READ MORE →

US Open Gets Projection-Mapped Court, But It's Deja Vu All Over Again

US OPEN OPENING CEREMONY from Glow Design Group on Vimeo. New York-based Glow Design Group, above, turned a tennis court into a projection-mapped visual surface for the US Open. The effect makes sense for such an event – after all, the court will be the setting for the sport to come. But this project doesn’t appear to go much further than work by French visualists 1024 Architecture, as at the French Masters series in Paris Bercy / 2010. Like the earlier work, it uses the markings on the court – adjacent rectangles – as the starting point. But unlike the …

READ MORE →

US Open Gets Projection-Mapped Court, But It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

US OPEN OPENING CEREMONY from Glow Design Group on Vimeo. New York-based Glow Design Group, above, turned a tennis court into a projection-mapped visual surface for the US Open. The effect makes sense for such an event – after all, the court will be the setting for the sport to come. But this project doesn’t appear to go much further than work by French visualists 1024 Architecture, as at the French Masters series in Paris Bercy / 2010. Like the earlier work, it uses the markings on the court – adjacent rectangles – as the starting point. But unlike the …

READ MORE →

Music and Visuals, in More Flexible Combinations, with Max for Live and a Giant Monster's Mouth

Producing dazzling, elaborate visuals doesn’t have to mean ensnaring live music in pre-defined tracks. In the latest episode of this ongoing series, we look on Create Digital Music at a new show for the act ‘Feed Me’ – the kind of story I love, crossing the Music and Motion boundaries. Here’s a key excerpt on what it’s all about, via software programmer Mattijs Kneppers: “We all hit play”; this is exactly the problem that we wanted to solve. Jon builds his performances live, with separate audio tracks and segments, with live effects, free improvisation, etc., so every gig is different. …

READ MORE →

Music and Visuals, in More Flexible Combinations, with Max for Live and a Giant Monster’s Mouth

Producing dazzling, elaborate visuals doesn’t have to mean ensnaring live music in pre-defined tracks. In the latest episode of this ongoing series, we look on Create Digital Music at a new show for the act ‘Feed Me’ – the kind of story I love, crossing the Music and Motion boundaries. Here’s a key excerpt on what it’s all about, via software programmer Mattijs Kneppers: “We all hit play”; this is exactly the problem that we wanted to solve. Jon builds his performances live, with separate audio tracks and segments, with live effects, free improvisation, etc., so every gig is different. …

READ MORE →